Guest readers visited Lebanon County first grade classrooms this past week to share the newly-released book, “The Adventures of Lebanon Lilly.”

It was part of the local celebration of Read Across America this year, a team effort by United Way of Lebanon County and Visit Lebanon Valley.

Read More: Lebanon Lilly book now available for purchase and borrowing

According to organizers, more than 50 volunteers helped with the effort, including Visit Lebanon Valley president Jennifer Kuzo, United Way CEO Brooke Smith, and State Sen. David Arnold (R-48).

As part of the program, each class also received a copy of the book to keep for future readings.

LebTown joined Arnold on Wednesday for his visit to Peg Neiswender’s first grade classroom at Cornwall-Lebanon School District’s Ebenezer Elementary School. Find our photos below.

All photos by LebTown photographer Will Trostel.

Ebenezer principal Dr. Dean Bozman introduces state Sen. David Arnold (R-48) to the students in Peg Neiswender’s first grade classroom. Bozman was wearing camo for Read Across America theme day.
While Ebenezer principal Dr. Dean Bozman speaks to students, State Sen. David Arnold (R-48) waits to left with aide Amanda Stanilla Lawson (left) and CLSD director of elementary education Dr. Tracie Clemens.
State Sen. David Arnold (R-48) introduces himself to the students in Peg Neiswender’s first grade classroom at Ebenezer Elementary School.
State Sen. David Arnold (R-48) looks at the cover of “The Adventures of Lebanon Lilly,” a book produced recently by Visit Lebanon Valley.
The book follows the adventures of Lebanon Lilly (a cow) to various Lebanon County landmarks. Peg Neiswender’s classroom was among the first grade classes visited this week as part of the program, a partnership between United Way of Lebanon County and Visit Lebanon Valley.
Students from Peg Neiswender’s classroom look on as state Sen. David Arnold reads about Lebanon Lilly to them.
“The Adventures of Lebanon Lilly” features artwork by local artist MJ McFalls.
Throughout the story, Lebanon Lilly visits the Lebanon Valley Rail Trails, Cornwall Iron Furnace, Farmers Market, an apple orchard, and more. The book particularly focused on the agricultural industry and its importance in Lebanon.
Students from Kristen Dove’s first grade classroom pose for a picture following their reading with a volunteer from Quest.
Kim Brown reads to Crystal Zimmerman’s first grade classroom. Brown works at Lebanon Federal Credit Union, which is a sponsor of United Way of Lebanon County’s Reader Friends volunteer initiative.

For more about Lebanon Lilly, read our previous coverage here.

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