"Thank you for donating a book for us. I got a Manatee Vet Book because when I grow up, I want to be a veteranarian."
Students at Walnut School were treated to a week long motivational event, built around the theme, “Welcome to a Winterland of Books.” The books had varied titles related to winter and the holiday season. Parents made posters, set up the distribution room, and participated in the classrooms as guest readers. Each day was centered around different winter related items: Beanie Day, Mitten Day, Scarf Day, Boots Day, and Coat Day on which each child wore the appropriate article of clothing. Art and craft activities were aligned with books that were read in class by parent guest readers. On an assigned day, students from each class chose their favorite books in the distribution room. Look at our happy faces! We'll have time to read over Holiday Break.
In November, Albion Street Elementary School was magically transformed into a forest of reading. Five 3-dimensional trees were created by parent volunteers to prepare for the week long motivational event. Albion’s celebration of reading began with “It’s Book Time” which featured a visit from Ronald McDonald. Ronald motivated the students to read on a daily basis and to fill in the reading logs provided by their teachers. The library sported a beautiful poster declaring that “Albion Jaguars are Nuts about Reading.” During the week, the trees sprouted acorns with each child’s name. The Acorns read “I’m nuts about reading because….” Squirrels with the names of participating teachers found homes in the trees.
The week ended with a celebration called “Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving” with teachers reading to the children. Each student then self-selected a brand new, beautiful book to take home, read, and treasure.
Albion continues to encourage reading for Fun and information. They participate in the L. A. Kings’ Royal Readers Program.
Children at Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena were delighted with a visit from Minnie Mouse. Their Motivational Reading Event included having stories read to them, food, frolicking, a coloring contest, and face painting, but the very best part was choosing a book of their very own to take home, read, and keep forever!