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    Cara Jones as “Bee,” left, Maris Drew as “Bird” and Evan Wethington as “Toad,” all of Jasper and first-grade students at Fifth Street School, performed a story from the book series “Frog and Toad” on Tuesday in Jasper. Allowing students to act out scenes with their book characters is one of many interactive ways local teachers improve reading and comprehension skills. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Emma Leonard, left, and Raegan Bolin, both in kindergarten at Fifth Street School in Jasper, watched as first-graders performed a musical rendition of a story from the book series “Frog and Toad” on Tuesday. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Fifth Street School music teacher Mary Burke held a sign to help first-graders during their performance of a story from the book series “Frog and Toad” on Tuesday in Jasper. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    First-grader Marian Hayes, left, narrated as classmate Joshua Griesemer acted as “Frog” during a musical performance of the book series “Frog and Toad” on Tuesday at Fifth Street School in Jasper. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Evan Wethington portrayed “Toad” as he and his fellow first-graders performed a musical rendition of a story form the book series “Frog and Toad” on Tuesday at Fifth Street School in Jasper. Heather Rousseau/The Herald

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    Cara Jones played the part of “Bee,” as she flew across stage Tuesday at Fifth Street School in Jasper. Jones and her first-grade classmates performed a musical rendition of a story from the book series “Frog and Toad.” Heather Rousseau/The Herald