Congratulations to all the Bettendorf first graders who completed the Booker Bear Reading Challenge!  This year, 292 Bettendorf first graders met the challenge by reading ten books in one month– awesome job first graders!  Students along with their families were treated to a pizza party at the Bettendorf Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 24th where each student was awarded with a certificate of achievement and given their very own plush Booker Bear.

Ascentra’s Jumpin’ George and the Bettendorf Library’s Booker Bear were on hand to congratulate all of the little readers, and even posed for a picture with each class!  This is the 15th year celebrating the Bettendorf Booker Bear Reading Challenge.  A big thank you goes out to our partners at the Bettendorf Public Library, the Bettendorf Community School District, and the Ascentra staff that volunteered their day to make this such a memorable event.


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