Bethel Middle promotes reading with laughter

By Shelby Harrell Staff Writer | Mar 05, 2014
Photo by: Shelby Harrell Sixth-grade teachers at Bethel Middle School participate in a crazy Reading Olympics event to promote reading. During the first activity, each team of teachers raced to create a ramp for golf balls.

The gymnasium at Bethel Middle School was filled with laughter, chanting and squeals of excitement on Thursday morning when teachers and faculty members participated in crazy Olympic activities to recharge students and get their minds ready for reading.

Whether teachers were racing on a scooter, swinging a hula-hoop or sliding on carpet squares, five teams of faculty members put on a show for their students to get them motivated for the school’s Reading Olympics program that is currently ongoing through March.

“We did this as a half way marker to kind of keep them pumped up,” said Emily Fama, lead teacher at BMS.

Some teachers came ready to compete while wearing headbands and matching jerseys, while others wore rainbow wigs, feather boas and tutus to keep the event interesting.

The five teams included a sixth-grade team, a seventh-grade team, an eighth-grade team, an administrator team and an encore team.

Following the events, three of the teams were awarded medals. While students expected awards to be handed out based on the competition, teacher teams took home gold, bronze and silver medals based on which BMS grade level had read the most books during Reading Olympics so far.

The seventh-grade team of teachers took home the gold for first place, the sixth-grade team took second place and the eighth-grade team came in third. Students will continue reading for the Olympics program through March 10.

As part of the Reading Olympics program, individual students who read a certain number of books each receive a medal as a reward. Eighth-grader Kaitlyn Eisenhardt was the first student to claim her medal after reading a fiction book and a poem book.

“They were interesting and I enjoyed reading them,” Eisenhardt said. “And I knew (getting my medal) would help motivate other people.”

Fama was happy to pariticpate on the administration team, even though it meant she had to race back and forth across the gym floor while wearing a crown.

“I was really excited to see everyone come together to support the reading initiative at the school,” Fama said after the events. “It’s fun to put yourself out there and it makes the kids happy and it makes the kids laugh. There’s not much the Bethel Middle School staff wouldn’t do for the kids, including crazy Olympics.”

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