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GES Reading Challenge


Administrators on the roof of GES
During the first two weeks of November, The Grenada Elementary School Library held a special reading event called “Our Principal’s 1,000 Books Challenge” to celebrate National Young Readers Week. Kindergarten and First grade Principal Dr. Vivian Simmons challenged her students to read 1,000 books in two weeks. Second and third grade Principal Raleigh Wood also challenged his students to read 1,000 books in two weeks. If students met their goal, the principals promised to eat lunch on the roof. Students began to “Read their Heart Out” and met their goals early on Wednesday, November 11 at 10:00a.m.

Principals Dr. Vivian Simmons and Raleigh Wood mentioned their students’ passion for reading to Superintendent Dr. David Daignault and he decided to join in on the fun. On Thursday, November 12 the principals and superintendent made good on their promise and enjoyed their lunches on the roof of the elementary school while 1,500 students viewed the festivities from the front lawn. By the end of the deadline, K-1 students had read 1,341 books and 2-3 students had read 1,546 books.

During the two week event, local community members such as Mayor Billy Collins, Fireman Paul Reese, Superintendent Dr. David Daignault, Principal Dr. Vivian Simmons, Grenada chapter of 100 Black Men of America Vice-President of Operations Charles Latham, Kids Company representative David Livingston, School Board Member and local dentist David Braswell, Reverend Kevin Jackson, and Librarian Katie Hood participated in our literacy celebration by reading books aloud to students in the school foyer and library.

According to the Book It Program website, “National Young Readers Week is an annual event that was co-founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.” This year they challenged principals across the country to “Read Their Heart Out!” in honor of National Young Readers week. Our principals accepted the challenge and pledged to make sure reading happened throughout the school day and throughout the two week emphasis.

We would like to thank our community members for their involvement. Without your support events like this could not take place. Children learn to enjoy reading by example. When they see adults whom they admire and respect reading, students will be more likely to read for enjoyment as well. Meeting people from a variety of occupational fields also helps to reinforce the fact that reading plays an important role in any career a person chooses.

***Thanks to Katie Hood, GES Librarian, for submitting this article and photos.