I had a great time at Northridge Elementary on Tuesday. The school’s STARS Reading program was being honored by KSL. It was a privilege to congratulate the kids, volunteers, and teachers for their hard work. The kids waited patiently for the KSL helicopter to arrive. When anchorwoman Nadine Wimmer and Clifford the Big Red Dog stepped out of the helicopter, the kids were thrilled. I was pretty thrilled myself. How often do you get to watch a helicopter land right in front of you? Sandra Wagstaff, coordinator for the STARS program, said the program had 92 students and 58 volunteers, and Parley Holliday of Big O Tires in American Fork provided the books for the program. The kids were happy to show off their books, so I showed off one of my favorites as well. I am so proud of these kids at Northridge–it was fun to be a part of their big day. You could tell the students were excited to share their books and the hard work they did to complete the program. When I spoke to the kids, I told them how much reading I do in my work. I even showed them my binder full of City Council information, so they would know how much reading is a part of my job. As a community, we must continue to find ways to support our kids and instill in them a love of reading and learning. Read with your kids and reach out and volunteer when you can. I know great work is happening in schools throughout Orem. My congratulations to everyone who made the STARS program a success at Northridge.