Izzy returns to Groton elementary

A display of the Izzy books and signature stuffed animals. Izzy, the fictional cat, returns for another New York state adventure in her latest book, to be read and spread at Groton Elementary School.
A display of the Izzy books and signature stuffed animals. Izzy, the fictional cat, returns for another New York state adventure in her latest book, to be read and spread at Groton Elementary School.
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Get ready, Groton! A brand new “Izzy” book, “Izzy’s Day at School,” has been released and will be distributed in early November to pre-K classes at Groton Elementary School by guest readers who come into the classrooms each month to read to the students through the “Izzy Reads” program.

The cuddly, orange, adventurous cat, the fictional “Izzy,” who lives in the Groton Public Library, was created by co-authors and Groton Rotary Club members Mona Forney and Janet Watkins.

Published in 2013, the first book in the series, “Izzy’s Groton Adventure,” chronicles the travels of Izzy as she experiences the sights of her village. Those who read it will recognize many local landmarks and some familiar village residents.

Next, in late 2014, “Izzy’s Dance Adventure” followed. The story also takes place right in Groton, where Izzy, the library cat, meets Willie, the friendly dog, and continues her adventures learning about friendship and dancing.

Izzy met some new friends, professor Carter Wentworth Owl III and Bertram the beaver in “Izzy’s Adirondack Adventures” and even made a stop at the famous Boldt Castle in the Thousand Islands in the fourth release, “Izzy’s Thousand Island Adventures.”

Each of these titles encourage young readers to join Izzy on a different adventure in each book. In this fifth book in the series, Izzy the cat goes to school for the day and learns all about school.

“Izzy’s Day at School” also has a guest writer, a friend of Forney and Watkins, Erin D’Antonio, literacy coach at Groton Elementary School, and it is illustrated by Groton alumna, Liana Klumpp.

“All of this would not be possible without support from Janet Watkins, the United Way of Tompkins County and the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library,” GES reading teacher Rebecca Gamel said.

Gamel is very excited about having this brand-new release making its debut in the GES classrooms. Gamel said the book will ultimately be for sale at Brittany Station, 152 Main St., and the proceeds will benefit “Izzy’s Closet - Giving Kids What They Need to Succeed.”

Izzy’s popularity inspired the giving project called “Izzy’s Closet.” Stocked by Groton Rotarians, the hand-painted closet was donated to Groton Elementary School not long after the release of the first two books in the Izzy series to supplement classroom supplies.

As part of a community service initiative by the Groton Rotary Club, Izzy’s Closet was created to meet the needs of students who may go without some basic necessities for school. The contents of the closet, allocated by teachers’ discretion, includes various types of pens, pencils and notebooks, new books and cold weather supplies such as mittens and gloves. It is Groton Rotary’s way to help provide support to our community and children.

Izzy has been an inspiration to young readers within the community and beyond. The books have even reached readers internationally in places like China, Canada, and Sweden through friends and family in the Groton community. If you have not yet read an Izzy adventure, they are all available to borrow at the Groton Public Library and may all be purchased at Brittany Station, where stuffed replicas of Izzy and some of her friends are also available.

TST/GHS Students of the Month

The academic year is well underway, and The Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Services (TST BOCES) Career and Tech Education Center staff and administration will recognize its outstanding students of the month throughout the school year.

These students are chosen based on qualities such as character, leadership, citizenship, work ethic and attendance and should be compassionate, honest, trustworthy, responsible and a positive role model.

Some of the criteria for students to receive this honorable recognition are: exemplary behavior resulting in a flawless behavior record for the month; being present, on time and prepared for class every day of the month; being respectful, kind, generous and cooperative with peers and adults; demonstrating eagerness and motivation to learn; exhibit an exceptional contribution to class or academic improvement in class; demonstrating a positive and helpful attitude toward fellow students; and having all assigned work completed for the month.

Each outstanding student receives a certificate, a CTE Food Services pizza coupon and a Career and Tech Center backpack.

The following Groton students were recognized as outstanding students of the month for September at the TST BOCES Career and Technical Education Center: Samantha Cargian, Auto Technology, and Holly Dunham, Early Childhood.

Congratulations to these exceptional career and tech students in our school!

Groton on the Inside appears weekly. Submit news ideas to Linda Competillo, lmc10@cornell.edu or 607-227-4922.

In brief:

Breakfast in McLean

The McLean Fire Station will host its monthly breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. On the menu will be regular, chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup, French toast, scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, sausage, ham, sausage gravy with biscuits, an assortment of juices and regular and decaf coffee.

This month’s special menu items are apple topping for pancakes and apple crisp for dessert. Cost for adults is $8, senior citizens $7 and all children $5. For more information, call (607) 838-3444 or (607) 838-8249.


The annual Groton Business Association Trick-or-Treat at area businesses will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. All Groton businesses are encouraged to partake in the festivities with decorations and handing out treats to all the children and families.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sara Knobel at the library, (607) 898-5055, or Christine Brown Personius at (607) 898-3220.

Trunk or Treat

The 3rd Annual Groton Trunk or Treat is Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the C.R. Pavilion Lot on Main Street. This location will also include the Groton Fire Department’s annual donuts and cider giveaway.

If you are interested in decorating a trunk (or even just a table) to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, sign up at tinyurl.com/grotontreat or reach out to Jennifer Foote Dean or Monica Delanoy-Dykeman on Facebook.

Ridge Runners spaghetti supper

The Ridge Runners of Groton Snowmobile Club will hold a spaghetti supper from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at its clubhouse, 748 Salt Rd., one mile north of Route 90. Meals include all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs, salad bar, dessert bar and beverage. Cost is $9 for adults and $6 for children age 4-12. This is a perfect way to enjoy a dining experience in a rustic country setting. Take-out dinners are also available.


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