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History of the Club

Since before Ms. Celmins started at Willis Junior High School, students had been challenging themselves to see how many words they could read using the Accelerated Reader book quiz program.  In the pre-Celmins era, students became members of the "Millionaires Club" once reaching 1,000,000 words.  In 2013, Ms. Celmins took the concept of the Millionaires Club a step further.  First, she actually created a club for readers.  Secondly, she designated a V.I.P. status for students who became million word readers.  Later that year, students in the club renamed the club "Fellowship of the Readers" so that all Firebirds understood it was for anyone who wanted to join, not just mega readers.  The club continued to evolve as the 2013-2014 school year passed.   The Fellowship meets quarterly while school is in session for a variety of purposes, but attending meetings is not necessary.  Meetings are more fun than business:  team-building, friendship strengthening, and "stuff" that would be fun for almost anyone.  It is a club open to all...the only requirement is attending Willis Junior High School.