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Building on the tradition that it is better to give than to receive, the fifth and sixth graders at Mountain Elementary held a read-a-thon to raise money for LA Cares. Reading for three hours on Dec. 21, the last day before winter break, the students raised $2,710.68. Principal Gerry Washburn credited teachers Mary Ethyl Plotner and Bernadette Morrow for spearheading the fundraising project. Principal Washburn noted, “We are proud of the students at Mountain and this is another example of the students and staff’s commitment to the community and fostering an atmosphere of kindness and concern for others.” Washburn also wanted to recognize the two students who raised the most money in each grade, sixth-grader Victoria Naranjo and fifth grader Landon Burke.