Fabulous Firsts

First Graders Start Year with New Book

Until last Friday, Jesse Frazer’s favorite book was “Transformers” but now his new book “Splat the Cat” ties for his top choice.

The book is a story about Splat, a cat who is worried about his first day of school, and decides to bring along his pet mouse, Seymour. The adventure then begins since cat school probably isn’t the safest place for a mouse.

Frazer’s new read is one of eight books selected by a committee facilitated by Deb Jacobsen, principal at Hawthorne Elementary, for Fabulous Firsts. For the past six years the program, sponsored by the Helena Education Foundation with more recent support from Aidan Myhre, provides each first-grader in Helena Public Schools with a new picture book.

“Fabulous Firsts is a great way to start the year for HEF,” said Lisa Cordingley, executive director for HEF. “There is no better gesture to demonstrate our enthusiasm for public education than this, which emphasizes the critical importance of learning to read and shows our donors’ willingness to support these children who are beginning that journey.”

Read more in the Independent Record.