Sheffield Lake – Sheffield Village
by Michele Murphy
Kindergarten and first-grade students at Knollwood Elementary School in the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake School District participated in a weeklong series of activities intended to encourage their love of books and reading as part of Read Across America.
On Monday, they read to a buddy in their classroom. Tuesday, they brought a favorite stuffed animal from home and spent time reading to their pet. Wednesday featured Stop-Drop-Read. At intervals during the school day, an announcement from the office let students know it was time to stop what they were doing, drop to a comfortable place, and read a book of their choosing.
Guest readers visited classrooms to read aloud to students on Thursday. They included school district officials and other community members. Thursday was also the birthday of one of America’s favorite children’s book authors – Dr. Seuss. Many of the books read that day were part of the array of 44 books written by Seuss.
On Friday, students were permitted to read by flashlight in their darkened classrooms.
All of these activities are geared to create “a joy of reading,” according to first-grade teacher Linda Wozniak, who coordinated the week’s activities. She says she hopes children will come to realize “It (reading) is not a chore. It’s celebrating.”
Superintendent Mike Cook reads to an attentive class of first-graders at Knollwood School as part of a weeklong series of special activities to encourage a love of reading among young students.
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