OESJ Elementary “Dives into Reading”

Students in grades PK-5 at the OE campus kicked off their PARP program on March 2.  The theme this year was “Dive into Reading”.  The elementary hallways were decorated as if you were swimming underwater.  The program started with a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday that included serving snacks to the students and listening to some of Dr. Seuss’ books being read.  All students were given a book and bookmark to start their reading.

On the evening of March 6th, a ‘Read In’ was held for all elementary students and their families.  The enthusiastic crowd danced and then settled in to listen to Dawn Lamphere from the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library read a book and talk to them about library cards.

All students participated in virtual assemblies from Mote Aquarium in Florida.  They were able to learn about sharks, dolphins, and manatees.  Students also were able to interact with Kasey from the Aquarium who answered their questions and played a game with them.  The kids loved “visiting” Florida during the cold month.

Also, students kept track of their reading in a reading log.  For every twenty minutes they read they would color in a sea animal.  At the end of each week, the students turned in their reading logs and colored sea animal to hang in the hallway.  Students who turned in their reading logs on time were entered in to a drawing for one of two Kindles.

The ending program for PARP was a Family Beach Bash.  There were over 100 people who came out to dance, eat cotton candy and snow cones and just celebrate the hard work done by the students and their families.  Eight lucky students also won a real goldfish to take home with them.

Above left to right: Kayleigh Araujo and Makena Richards

Below:  Back row:  Makena Richards, Eva Joan Murray, Andrea Manners, Jeremy Vickery, Justin Vickery, Logan Crannell, and Hadley Crannell.  Front Row: Natazia Vingua, Zackery Leveille, and Teddy Youker

Above: Dylan Gray, Madeline Sammons-Wilbur, Elizabeth Mosher, Kendall Christman

Below: Dawn Lamphere explains to the students at the Read In about the importance of the community library and owning a library card.