NEHS brings Clifford to high school

by Matthew Gelhard, Managing Editor

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  • The NEHS won the opportunity to have Clifford for an entire week.

    Natalie Rebetsky

  • Many NEHS members traveled around the school with Clifford. Principal Doll, who is a former English teacher, was enthusiastic.

    Natalie Rebetsky

  • Clifford's visit was to inspire kids to read. His first stop was Mrs. Mary Troxel's 9th grade English class.

  • The NEHS wanted to capture Clifford's image in as many places as possible to show the Little Lancers what high school is like.

  • A book for the Little Lancers is to be created using those pictures, "Clifford goes to High School".

    Natalie Rebetsky

  • High school students may be way beyond the Clifford reading level, but they were enthusiastic about Clifford.

    Natalie Rebetsky

  • As students coordinated Clifford's visits, his headquarters was the journalism room.

    Natalie Rebetsky

  • One visit that Clifford took was a trip to the Horticulture room to teach how to make flowers with Lily Weaver.

    Natalie Rebetsky

  • Clifford also had a little fun and made new friends in the Theater Arts room.

    Natalie Rebetsky

  • The Clifford team had to be careful--Clifford does not talk, and he is a big character, so the team had to be careful when he was walking around the school.

  • Clifford gave students a way to combine their love for reading with their love for the big red dog.

  • Clifford ended his visit with Mrs. Twiford as he got his pass to go home from attendance office.

    Natalie Rebetsky

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Clifford decided to leave Emily in 2nd grade and take a visit to high school. Alongside members of the National English Honor Society, Clifford traveled the halls of the school and visited various classrooms to participate in classroom activities.

For every step of Clifford’s journey, NEHS members took photos and those pictures will be put together into a book, made specially for the Little Lancers so they can learn what is high school is like through Clifford. Another goal was for the Little Lancers is to find a love for reading through a larger-than-life character in Clifford.

After Clifford’s first day, teachers sent email to NEHS Advisor Natalie Rebetsky asking her to schedule a visit from Clifford to their classrooms.

Clifford planned to visit three elementary schools, Deer Crossing, Clearwater, and New Market ES, but all three trips were cancelled due to snow and wind chill delays.

Vice President of NEHS, Sarah Buckley, said, “I really enjoyed accompanying Clifford in his visit and the fact that he participated in not only reading activities but science and math, too.”

Many members and their friends helped to bring Clifford to high school: Diana Bryan, Sarah Buckley, Beau Cameron, Rachel Eaves, Caroline Etherton, Olivia Geisler, Ethan Hart, Sammie Hoefs, Erika Katsumoto, Courtney Larrick, Francesca Martinazzi, Rachel McCoy, Ashley Nash, Emily Reed, Catie Jo Tansey, Lily Weaver, Braden Weinel, Emily Wolfe, and Juliana Zeller.

Rebetsky, attended the Frederick County Reading Council annual October dinner and won the door prize of getting to spend the week with Clifford. She strategized how to bring Clifford to as many people as possible and decided that the photo book would be a lasting memory.

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