Our elementary students have been spending a significant amount of their free time reading these past couple of weeks as a part of our elementary school's annual Read-A-Thon (February 13 - March 3). The purpose of the event is to develop a love for reading and make it a lifelong activity. Under the theme "Camp Out with a Good Book" the three-week event of intensive reading and reading-related activities kicked off with an exciting assembly in the auditorium on February 10.
During the assembly, students learned that if they read a collective 765,432 minutes, they would be able to throw pies in the faces of our principal and assistant principals at the wrap-up assembly on March 17. Students also learned that if they read and recorded their minutes each week, they could qualify for special prizes.
A highlight of the kick-off assembly was the release of a special Read-A-Thon video featuring our elementary teachers, staff, and students. The music video was a creative way to get students excited about this year's Read-A-Thon.
To maintain the interest of students over the three-week period, the ES Read-A-Thon Committee created a campground in the main lobby where classes could come to camp out in tents to read. In addition, the committee organized campfire stories presented by some of our high school students and administrative team from February 20-24 and Pajama & Pancake Day on March 3, when students are encouraged to come to school in pajamas and bring extra items such as blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals in order to make that day's reading even more unique and special.
Stay tuned to see if our elementary students reach their goal of 765,432 minutes this year in our March newsletter!