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Celebrating Heroic People

By Staff | Aug 7, 2015

The Heart of America Library in Rugby celebrated the summer by honoring heroes. The Summer Reading Program served 98 children, grades 1-7, with a wide variety of creative learning, stories, activities and games. The children learned about a variety of everyday heroes that serve Rugby and the surrounding areas. Because this year’s theme was “Every Hero Has a Story”, we had many special guest speakers tell their stories.

Ryan Taylor, a rancher, writer and politician, talked about his many heroes, as well as his own heroic life raising a family and cattle.

The Service Dogs of America came from Jud to talk about their mission of providing service dogs to people who are in need. Our children were able to meet Chrome, a service dog in training.

Helicopter pilots from Minot Air Force Base flew out to our program and conversed with our children about their occupation and their service in the military.

Rugby Police Chief John Rose and Pierce County Sheriff Josh Siegler discussed their daily actions of serving and protecting the residents of both Rugby and Pierce County.

Dr. Gullickson from the Rugby Veterinary Office came and spoke to our children about working with animals.

Cameron Thornberg and Chase Wangler joined us from Rugby Emergency Medical Services and discussed the many ways that they help our community.

The reading program was under the direction of Angela Kitzman and Sheila Craun, with the help of Piper Laughridge, Kim Morgan and Bonnie Kuehnemund.

Sarah Schmaltz, who read 146 books, was the winner of a bike. Together our children read 1,228 books this summer.

Every Hero Has a Story allowed students a chance to explore the different heroic people around the area and allowed them opportunities to work on their own heroic actions. We had a fun-filled summer of reading while we discovered many ways a person can be a hero!

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