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K-3 Voting for Monarch Award

The tale of Gaston, a stocky, white bulldog won the hearts of Chiaravalle K-3 students, as well as those statewide, as part of the Monarch Award (aka the Illinois Reader's Choice Award.)

At Chiaravalle, kindergarten through 3rd grade students used pennies to vote for their favorite among the nominated picture books. The Monarch symbolizes the growth, change, and freedom becoming a reader brings — and the award is designed to encourage children to read critically from a list of 20 illustrated children's books.