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Teacher goes all out in 'Star Wars' mode for Hawthorne event


May 12, 2021

HAWTHORNE first-grader Madrox Wilson ponders a "Star Wars"-themed reading assignment.

Elspeth Liermann stands in her first-grade classroom at Hawthorne School.

The lights are dimmed, and she's surrounded by kids, all reading – "Star Wars" stories.

It's Tuesday, May 4, and it's Hawhorne's annual "May the Fourth Be with You" celebration.

Liermann, who's taught at Hawthorne since 2012, has gone all out, since she's already a "Star Wars" buff.

She worked on decorating her classroom till 8:30 p.m. on Monday night and was back at 5:30 Tuesday morning.

"I think this is, like, our seventh year of May the Fourth parties," she said, noting that the event started out as an Accel...

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