Reading becomes a cakewalk for students at RCS

By Pauline Liu
When it comes to encouraging students to read, many parents feel that Roxbury Central School’s program takes the cake.

They mean that, both literally and figuratively. As part of a month-long reading celebration the school held its seventh annual Family Cake Decorating Contest last Wednesday night. It was attended by more than 100 people and it helped to raise about $700 for the reading program known as For the Love of Books or FLOB.                    

The cakes, which were based on specific books or reading theme, were baked and decorated by 38 families.  For some families, participation in the contest has become a tradition. “We have won prizes before,” said Debbie Burroughs, who helped her niece and nephew with their “Goodnight Gorilla” cake, which took first prize. “The secret to making a prize winning cake is to do it with love and with people that you love,” she added.                           

Students vote for their favorite cake and a panel of judges, including a school board member, selected their top picks. The cakes are donated to the school for a silent auction.  The grand prize went to Karly Sutton for her Charlotte’s Web cake. The Student’s Choice Award went to Erin Hubbell for Reunion. First prize went to Myah and Jordan Johnston for Good Night Gorilla. Second prize was awarded to Amy and Zachary Burrows for The Logbook. Third Prize went to Angela and Anthony Perazone for The Minion cake. Fourth prize was awarded to Sophia Needham for her cake base on The Lorax. A prize also went to the highest bidder of the evening, Michelle Meehan.                        

 The event is one of the highlights of the school year. “The annual cake contest is always a fun and tasty highlight of the For the Love of Books reading celebration,” said Maria Johnson, the library media specialist.” The RCS community truly shines as families comes together to show their commitment to reading in such a creative and delicious way.” One mom, Marion Davis, was so enthusiastic that she placed winning bids on two cakes. “It’s for a good cause,” she said. “This is wonderful.”

“Reading Rodeo” was the theme of this year’s reading program. For the kick off of the program, Principal Eric Windover galloped about the school wearing a cowboy costume with an inflatable horse attached to it. The costume, which was purchased by the school for $50, was auctioned off for $37.   

While getting children interested in reading not always a cakewalk, Windover explained that more students participated in FLOB this year than ever before. “For the first time, the older students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades wanted to be a part of it,” he said.  At RCS, it could be said that students are getting their just desserts while learning that reading can be a lot of fun.