“It was absolutely wonderful; the kids had a great time,” said parent volunteer Chris Flannigan, co-chair of Guest Reader Day. “The guests all asked to be invited back next year. We couldn't have asked for it to go more smoothly than it did.”
Farmer Don and Miss Michigan were among the more popular guests, Flannigan said.
An annual favorite, Farmer Don Fraser of Real Life Farm in Canton brought along a baby goat and a lamb. He visited all kindergarten and first-grade classrooms.
Miss Michigan, also known as Nicole Blaszczyk of Novi, wore her crown as she read to students and answered questions like, “What kind of a castle do you live in?” and “How do you keep your crown on?”
“She was delightful,” Flannigan said.
It was Blaszczyk's first time at Hoover's annual event. Blaszczyk was invited to the school by her cousin, who just finished student teaching there, Flannigan said.
Another first-time guest was Jenny Kesler, sister of U.S. Oylmpic hockey player Ryan Kesler, who showed pictures of her brother. “The kids really enjoyed that,” Flannigan said.
In addition, Livonia Stevenson High School hockey players, wearing their jerseys, read to students in the later afternoon. “They came after Stevenson got out,” Flannigan said.
Each class had at least three guest readers during the day and some had as many as five or six, with each one reading at least 15 minutes.
Other guest readers included elected officials, police officers and a firefighter.
— By Karen Smith