Middle school students were encouraged to participate in the MS Reading Appreciation Program (RAP), an annual reading and writing event that spanned from February 21 to March 15. Many interesting activities were organized by our librarians and middle school staff with the aim of developing lifelong readers and empowering writers.
Teachers and staff read excerpts from popular books over the public announcement system and invited students to guess the "Mystery Readers." "Morning Book Talks" provided an opportunity for teachers and staff to share about one of their favorite books while students enjoyed breakfast treats and had a chance to have their names drawn to win one of
The favorite books of teachers and staff were also on display with a childhood photo in the cafeteria with the invitation for students to "Guess the Teacher." Interested students were invited to submit a creative writing piece. All participants were invited to a special "Writer's Tea" where they presented their pieces and indulged in an array of refreshments. All MS students were prompted to read during DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time as well as meet and hear from author Kenneth Oppel about the writing process and his passion for writing books from an early age.
Special thanks to MS parents Wendy Risch and Jennifer Park for their kind gift of time and refreshments and the YISS PTO for their generous support of funds for the books given away, as well as other prizes. We are also very grateful to all of the teachers and staff who contributed to making 2017 a valuable initiative to promote reading and writing.