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By Rosemary Pollock

Orem Readers Earn Visit from LDS Sports Stars

PROVO, UTAH -- Students at Orem Hillcrest Elementary School narrowly missed winning a visit from a Utah Jazz player during the Scholastic/Utah Jazz statewide reading contest. Hillcrest finished 17th out of 100 schools. The Jazz players visited only the top 12 schools finishing in the reading competition.

Inspite of their disappointment, the Hillcrest students were rewarded with an assembly by two arguably bigger stars, both LDS Church members. BYU head football coach, Gary Crowton and former BYU, now Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) pro-bowl selection Chad Lewis surprised the students. "We brought some hometown heroes," said teacher Lisa Braun. Not only are Crowton and Lewis stars, they both attended Hillcrest as children. They shared memories of Hillcrest and told of their love of reading.

Coach Crowton encouraged the children to keep reading event though the contest is over. The students amassed 457,949 minutes of out-of-class reading over the seven week program, an average of 20 minutes a day per student. Lewis read his favorite book, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" to the class. Lewis told students that the most important rule in life is to be kind to each other.

Gloria Baird and Andie Brizuela were the two top readers, each reading 10,250 minutes. Jazz Rockwood, a sixth-grader won a football signed by members of the BYU football team. Wes Henry won a signed basketball from the BYU basketball team. Jaramiah Fazio won a signed Harry Potter book. All participating readers were rewarded with a pizza party.


Reading reward: Gary Crowton, Chad Lewis visit Hillcrest Elementary
Provo UT Daily Herald pgD6 24Mar01 S2
By Erika Wilde: Provo Corespondent

See also:
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
More about Judith Viorst's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" at


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