The first grade students at Hanford-Dole Elementary enjoyed the presentation of the book, "Froggy Builds a Tree House," in the schools Media Center. The guest reader this month was Vicky Slusser, the executive director of Communities In Schools--Rowan County. With Mrs. Slusser's background, she was able to bring the book "to life" for the first graders. Her enthusiasm kept all the students' attention throughout the presentation. Mrs. Slusser asked the students questions regarding the parts of the book, and "How do you build a tree house?", and "Who wants to have a tree house of their own?" Students learned that working together as a team, that anything can be accomplished, even with the help of a "little sister." Hanford-Dole's Book Club is sponsored by grants from Target Stores, Schneider Electric, and CIS-Rowan. Ann Shepherd, one of the CIS Site Coordinators, did a parent presentation on reading and writing to the parents in attendance, as a follow-up on the book that was read. Hanford-Dole and Communities In Schools--Rowan are committed to engaging the parents in school activities to better prepare students and parents to work together with the school.