Hazelwood Elementary School celebrates reading

Mar 01, 2014
Author Anna Browning reads to students at Hazelwood Elementary School for Literacy Night.

Hazelwood Elementary School is filled with great readers. Students have been making reading goals since the beginning of the year and tracking their progress.  Once their goals are achieved, students create new goals, making them better and better readers as the school year progresses.

The snow did not dampen the Reading Olympics that started at the beginning of February. During the Olympics, students tried to reach the gold medal level by completing several activities related to reading such as reading for longer than their assigned homework, rewriting the beginning of a novel, giving a book talk to fellow students, reading a biographical book on a famous person, or reading poetry and folktales.

At the bi-weekly leadership celebration held on Fridays, the school also celebrated how important reading is in the lives of students, teachers and staff members.  Hazelwood Elementary Battle of the Books students were recognized as “Leaders in Reading” and teachers shared with students how reading has helped them throughout their lives.

The celebration of reading culminated with literacy night Thursday, Feb. 20. There were several activities that made this night a success.  First, parents were able to gain strategies to help their child become a better readers; several standards from the Common Core English Language Arts curriculum were explained to parents.

While parents were learning about strategies on reading, students were being entertained in the library by local authors who read their own published books or other student favorites.  In attendance, were authors Dawn Cusick, Karla Wood, Anna Browning and Phil Cauley. The AIG students, under the direction of teacher Mary Ward, performed a play based on “Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain” by Verna Aardema.

Before leaving, students went to the “Readbox” in the lobby to pick out a book to take home.  This station was similar to “Redboxk,” but instead of having to return a DVD, students could keep the book. While enjoying hot chocolate and reading books with their parents, a book raffle was held.

Our community of readers is growing every day at Hazelwood Elementary School — where readers are leaders.

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