Westside schools:
AFA athletes schedule Whittier visits

       Whittier Elementary has started a partnership with the U.S. Air Force Academy's athletic department. Through May, on varying Wednesdays, a total of 13 different teams from the Academy will come to Whittier and spend time with students after school from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
       The first two sessions were Sept. 12 with the men's/women's track and cross-country team and Sept. 19 with men's/ women's tennis. Oct. 3 will bring men's/women's gymnastics.
       Speaking about the cross country session, Whittier Principal Maryls Berg said, “The cadets had a great time, and the kids adored them.”
       Students in five Westside schools (Ivywild, Jackson, Pike, Washington and Whittier) will participate in the district-wide Jumpstart Read for the Record Thursday, Sept. 20.
       They and students from 15 other District 11 schools will read the campaign's official book, “The Story of Ferdinand,” as part of a national campaign with hundreds of thousands of children and adults to break the world record for the most children reading the same book on the same day.
       The idea, according to a press release from Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization, is to “raise public awareness about the early education gap that exists between income levels and raise money to support Jumpstart's national early education programs.”

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