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Way to Go: Alexis Raynor, Lynbrook

Alexis Raynor, 9, a fourth-grader at Marion Street

Alexis Raynor, 9, a fourth-grader at Marion Street School in Lynbrook, won first place in a New York State PTA logo design contest for its "Pick a Reading Partner" program. Photo Credit: Lynbrook School District

A Lynbrook student with a passion for books won first place in a New York State PTA logo design contest for its "Pick a Reading Partner" program.

Alexis Raynor, a fourth-grader at Marion Street Elementary School, took the top spot for her design that featured hand tracings of her mother, Maria, and her sister Nicolette, 5, over the silhouette of a book.

Alexis' logo will appear on "Pick a Reading Partner" materials during the school year.

The program asks adults to read with children for at least 15 minutes each day. It previously was known as "Parents as Reading Partners."

"I was really excited," said Alexis, 9, an avid reader. "When I was little, I'd read with my mom every night before bed. It's important, because the older kids get, the less they get to do that."

She currently is reading the fifth book in the seven-volume "Harry Potter" series and just finished reading the "Heidi Heckelbeck" series.

"We're very proud of Alexis and the way she has embraced reading," said Theresa Macchia, principal of Marion Street Elementary.

Alexis also is a Girl Scout and has been taking dance lessons for seven years.

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