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Leadership club hosts holiday event for kids at Hometown Buffet
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NMR hosted a Holiday Reading Night at Hometown Buffet Thursday night where kids gathered around for How the Grinch Stole Christmas story time, arts and crafts and fun. - photo by NATALIE WINTERS/The Journal

New Leaders, More service, Real change (NMR) hosted their Holiday Reading Night on Thursday at Hometown Buffet, where kids were able to join them for stories, games and crafts.

Ugly Christmas sweaters were, of course, encouraged and the event was themed, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

“I really enjoy just seeing the kids there,” said Ashtyn Nichols, vice president of NMR. “I love how excited they get and it’s so great to be able to promote the reading program at Hometown Buffet.”

Jackie Cook, Hometown Buffet manager, explained that they opened a children’s library at the restaurant in January after books were donated by local clubs.  The kids can take a book home and get a free meal when they bring it back, and they are always welcome to donate as well.

“It’s great being able to integrate family time and education,” she said. “We get such a great group of kids that look forward to it and so do the parents.”

NMR, a leadership club for teens that encourages social and civil involvement through community service,  hosts a monthly reading day the third Thursday of every month at Hometown Buffet.

“It’s grown so much since I’ve been here,” said Courtnie Chan, NMR member. “I attended the first reading event three months ago and I just love how intrigue the kids are by it.”

Thursday’s Holiday Reading Night featured Freckles the Clown, arts and crafts, reading and lots of great food.