An unusual sight in Weiser . . .

Students at Pioneer Elementary School in Weiser got a big surprise Thursday morning as they were ushered to the playground to see something perhaps most of them have never seen before. Above, left, Pioneer Principal Dave Davies enjoys the occasion almost as much as the students. CapEd Credit Union drove up from Boise to fill its hot air balloon so the students could see firsthand what is involved in getting one into the air. Read the rest of the story on page 8. Photo by Philip A. Janquart
Philip A. Janquart
 Pioneer School was one of only three schools drawn among about 30 others to have the balloon crew come to put on the demonstration.
 “CapEd has a reading program, Read to Rise, for elementary schools to participate in; it promotes early childhood literacy,” explained CapEd’s Ana Maria Morales. “Pioneer reached out to us and wanted to participate in the program. What that entailed was us coming out with our ambassador, Edward the Bookworm, a puppet, which read to kindergarteners and first graders. Then the school was entered into a drawing. CapEd also donated a hundred dollars to go toward Pioneers literacy event.”
 The CapEd program was part of Pioneer School’s Reading Week, which was held back in February. Pioneer’s program, like the CapEd’s program, is to promote reading, in part, because reading is the foundation of all further learning and development in a student’s academic career.
 CapEd is the title sponsor of the annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, which first took place at Ann Morrison Park in downtown Boise back in 1991. The CapEd ballon is piloted by Greg Roegiers and Lori Spencer.
 This year the event is scheduled to kick off Wednesday, Aug. 28, weather permitting, at 7:25 a.m. and could last as late at 9 a.m. 
 Wednesday is CapEd Kid’s Day. Balloons will be inflated on the field to give kids an opportunity to learn about how they work and to take a free tethered ride.
 Friday’s V.I.P. and “Night Glow Spectacular” begins at 5:30 p.m. with food venders and live music, with the night launch beginning at 8:05 p.m. The balloons glowing against the darkening sky is worth the trip to Boise.
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