Elementary School celebrates World Read Aloud Day

Elementary School celebrates World Read Aloud Day
Posted on 02/06/2019
Students participate in buddy reading as part of World Read Aloud Day.

Clyde-Savannah Elementary School put a twist on traditional reading on Friday, February 1, to celebrate World Read Aloud Day. The event was run by Elementary school librarian Courtney Marr, who noted that it was great to see everyone excited about reading.

The school used a buddy system for the day’s Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) session. D.E.A.R. is a 15-minute reading period that the entire school participates in. Typically a silent period, the session on World Read Aloud Day was filled with laughs and exchanges of encouragement as students and staff alike paired up to read.

After D.E.A.R., Nicole Zimmerman’s first-grade class got the opportunity to Skype with author and illustrator Jennifer Hansen Rolli. The students learned about Rolli’s career and listened to her read two of her books, “Claudia and Moth,” and “Just For Me.” Students were attentive as Rolli explained why she became an author and how she comes up with story ideas.

“Children are the most creative and have the best, brightest imaginations,” Rolli told the students during the Skype session.

Marr was happy to organize the Skype session for the first graders, who were jumping to ask Rolli questions at the end.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to hear from an author,” said Marr. “This is our first time celebrating World Read Aloud Day and it’s our first time skyping with an author. Hopefully this gets the students even more excited to read in the future.”

“We were excited to celebrate World Read Aloud Day this year,” added Katy Lumb, elementary school principal. “We’re thrilled to continue to build our culture of literacy.”