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City Hallways (May 25): Summertime fun reading and writing

Ramped up for summertime reading and writing

For many kids, summer break usually means no reading, no writing, no ‘rithmetic.

But 917 students at Waterfront Elementary got really excited about the upcoming 16th Annual Summer Reading Challenge.

Mayor Byron W. Brown kicked of the challenge at a rally that was held at the school on Wednesday.

Children entering grades kindergarten through eight must read seven books from a provided list over the summer, write a brief summary of 8 to 10 sentences on each one and then return the summaries to Mayor Byron W. Brown’s office. High school students entering grades 9 to 12 must read at least four books to qualify.

Each qualifying student will receive an invitation to the program’s final ceremony in August.

And the kids have a chance to win book bags, T-shirts, admission passes to cultural events, bicycles, television sets as well as PlayStation and Xbox systems.

Maybe that’s why the Waterfront students were so excited.

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Buffalo’s ongoing celebration of Older Americans Month 2017 wraps up with two fitness and fun activities.

Happening today is the third Annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair.

It’s a free event for seniors to speak with dozens of local health care associations about their services.

There will be free health screenings, cooking and exercise demonstrations, breakfast and snacks.

The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Canisius College’s Koessler Athletic Center.

Then on Wednesday, Senior Day at the Ball Game will serve up some free, outdoor fun at Coca-Cola Field.

Seniors will be treated to a Buffalo Bisons baseball game.

Slots are limited. Call 851-4141 for reservations.

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