KING CITY — Willy Wonka and the characters from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” joined King City Arts Magnet parents and students for the Annual Reading Night March 25.

Willy Wonka aka Principal Brad Smith and AmeriCorps tutor Yanely Martinez kicked off the night in the Auditorium. Parents and their students were given “golden tickets” and the chance to win prizes if they received signatures from stations that they went to.

The theme of the night was “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with different stations for board games, musical chairs and more. In five classrooms there were different special guests who read stories to students. Mayor Mike Lebarre read “Diary of A Wimpy Kid.” Other stories that were read included “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Captain Underpants.”

“I like reading night because it’s fun reading and you can have teachers help you,” said Analee Mejia, a fourth-grade student.

“I love reading because it’s fun,” fourth-grader Marianna Hernandez said. “You learn about the books, write about

books and write your own book.”

Hernandez’s favorite book is “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and Mejia’s favorite books are anything by Dr. Seuss because of the rhyming.

Brother and sister, third-grader Logan and fifth-grader Amber Ibarra, participated in “Reading Night,” and Logan’s favorite part was playing board games. Amber’s favorite part was musical chairs.

“At the end you could win a book,” Amber Ibarra said.

Amber did not end up winning the book but her brother, Logan did.

The event was coordinated by Martinez, who was celebrating her final Reading Night.

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