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Write a book report, see a movie free

I've heard there are movie theaters offering free films to students who bring in book reports. Do you know of any on Long Island?


National Amusements offers Bookworm Wednesdays this summer for the 13th year. In exchange for presenting a short description of a book they read, children are admitted free to select movies at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays along with a parent or guardian -- this week's show is "How to Train Your Dragon" (rated PG). You also can bring a sibling younger than 6 along. The form is online at nationalamusements.com; if your child is too young to read and write, you can read to him and he can draw a picture instead of writing a review.

Next week is the last week of the program for this summer, with a showing of "Megamind" (rated PG).

"It encourages them to read; it gives them an incentive," says Mara Thole of Wantagh, who attended a recent Bookworm Wednesday at the Farmingdale Multiplex with her son, Evan, 6. This week, Evan and Mom read "The Magic Treehouse: Midnight on the Moon," in which the main characters, siblings Jack and Annie, are transported to the moon in the future. "It was really kind of funny when they both fell down on the moon and a man helped them up," Evan says.

Thole teaches third grade in East Meadow. "I tell my students about it as well," she says of the program.

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