world read aloud day2As February draws to a close, so does "I Love to Read Month." Many of our school sites encouraged extra reading-focused activities this month from skyping or visiting with authors to reading extra minutes. Some fun activities from across our district included:

Basswood Elementary: Principal Patrick Smith challenged students with a schoolwide reading goal of 550,000 minutes. If they achieve it, he agrees to go into a dunk tank.

Crest View Elementary: Students enjoyed a visit from an author and celebrated their love of reading by dressing up as a favorite storybook character on Feb. 29.

Elm Creek Elementary: The Student Council collected 616 books in a "Read to Feed the Mind" book drive.

Maple Grove Middle School: As part of "I Love to Read Month" and "World Read Aloud Day" read books in preparation for a two-day author hosting event where authors came into the school to do live readings while others skyped with students or sent videos of themselves reading their material. Maple Grove Middle School will continue with their book-loving activities with a Battle of the Books in March.

Palmer Lake Elementary: Students in Mrs. Page's class were challenged to read at least 15 days of the month. Those that did were entered into a drawing for a 39-inch tall Bob the Minion made out of paper mache by volunteer Mike Raven. There was 100 percent class participation. As a group, the students asked their teacher if they could donate the Minion to a local hospital so other children will be able to derive as much joy from it as they have from having it in their classroom all month.

Early Childhood students received a free book this month thanks to a generous donation from Macy's. This was also a part of Reading is Fundamental.

Oak View Elementary plans to continue the reading fun with "Read Across America with Dr. Seuss" on March 2. 

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