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Antioch welcomes first Little Free Library on UCPS campus (reprinted with permission from Union County Weekly) photo

Antioch welcomes first Little Free Library on UCPS campus (reprinted with permission from Union County Weekly)

Antioch Elementary School is now home to the only Little Free Library on Union County Public Schools property, thanks to the hard work of five fifth-grade Girl Scouts.

Ellie Fivas, Sabrina Becht, Molly Zazzaro, Riley Williams and Makenna Tracy, of Troop 2736, who are all Antioch fifth-graders, decided to build a Little Free Library to fulfill their Girl Scout Bronze Award.

The Bronze Award is the first of the significant awards a Girl Scout earns, for which the Scouts collaborate as a group together and with community members to create a sustainable project, Victoria Zazzaro, one of the troop’s leaders, said.

“The whole idea with sustainability is that when the girls leave and whether they’re a Girl Scout or not, it keeps going without them having to have somebody else pick up where they left off,” she added.

The girls constructed two separate boxes – one filled with books for kindergarteners through second-graders and one with books for third- to fifth-graders – to complete the project.

“We gave them a few different ideas and asked them what they thought about (the Little Free Library),” said Michele Williams, one of the troop’s leaders. “They all like to read and they wanted to help the friends of the community and the school. They love the idea of having it at the school where they’ve been for six years.”

The girls said they wanted to find a way to help the community and also share their love of reading with others.


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Proud of Our Poetry Contest Winners! photo

Proud of Our Poetry Contest Winners!

Three fourth-grade students from Antioch Elementary were recently honored as winners of a local Earth Day/Arbor Day Poetry Contest in April 2015. 

Reagan Nelson was a 1st place winner for her poem, “Beautiful”.  Pradhita Voore was a 2nd place winner for her poem, “Nature”.  Utkarsh Dave was a 3rd place winner for his poem, “Spring”. 

All three students said they were surprised and excited to find out they had won a prize for their poetry.  Reagan Nelson said, “I didn’t know Mrs. Simpson was entering our poems in a contest so I couldn’t believe it when I found out I won first prize!”

These students were recognized at the Stallings’ Parks and Recreation Earth Day/ Arbor Day event on April 25th, where they received a certificate of recognition and a gift from the Mayors of both Indian Trail and Stallings.  

All three winning poets are students in Mrs. Simpson’s Reading classes.  She said, “I am very proud of all my students’ efforts writing poetry this year.  I am especially proud of these three who won prizes for their poems about the earth and environment.”  


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