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Volcanoes dot the Quail Hollow landscape

WESLEY CHAPEL

The erupting volcano is a longtime science fair favorite, and, as it turns out, it's part of the plot line in the young reader novel Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Erupts! The book, by Frances O'Roark Dowell, focuses on science experimentation and the true meaning of friendship and is being read by all students at Quail Hollow Elementary. It's all part of the One School One Book program, which aims to get kids and their elders reading together at home and at school. And, it turns out, having students create their own erupting volcanos is a good way to draw the kids in and get them hyped for the school science fair that will be held after the winter break. The One School One Book program is being used to help promote reading at various Pasco County schools — and it's an idea that Quail Hollow media specialist Annella Foshee hopes students and their families are buying into. So far, so good, said Foshee of the program, which started Oct. 21 and ends Dec. 19. Turns out Foshee has sold a lot of books and many kids are reporting that they are enjoying some good reading time with their parents at home. They're into it at school, too, where the book is being read aloud in classrooms by a teacher or, at times, an older reading buddy. "The book is adorable," Foshee said, noting that it includes a few science experiment "how to's" in the back — from imploding marshmallows to volcanoes blasting a vinegar, water, liquid soap and baking soda concoction. The volcanoes were a hit with the kids, some whom delighted in creating clay prehistoric creatures to dot the volcanic landscape. As for the imploding marshmallows, said Foshee, "We chose not to do that one."

Volcanoes dot the Quail Hollow landscape 11/11/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 5:44pm]
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