Elementary schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 have planned learning activities to promote the joy of reading during "I Love to Read" month in February.
“This is one of many ways we get students excited about reading,” said Nancy Meyer, District 191’s elementary media specialist. “Many schools use this celebration to build a sense of community around reading by having guest readers or reading buddies from other grade levels. It really is powerful to see an entire school take time to read together.”
Harriet Bishop Elementary hosted Breakfast with a Book on Jan. 30 with parents coming to school to read books with their children while they enjoyed breakfast together. In addition, students will participate in a read-athon on Feb. 11.
Gideon Pond Elementary held its annual Storybook Character Parade on Feb. 3, with students and teachers dressing as their favorite book characters and parading through the school. Later in the month, author Nancy Carlson will visit and read to students, and former Gideon Pond student and Burnsville High School graduate Mitch Larson, author of “Pennyroyal Academy,” will meet with students on Feb. 27.
Vista View Elementary has a month of suggested reading and writing activities for students based around a Superhero theme. Students are encouraged to be “Invincible Readers.” At an opening ceremony on Feb. 2, staff members and students dressed as superheroes and discussed reading strategies. Throughout the month, students will be researching superheroes and writing stories and reports based on that research.
Edward Neill Elementary is celebrating “I Love to Learn Month” around a theme of “The Wizard of Oz.” Activities include Breakfast with a Book in “munchkinland” on Feb. 13 and “Read Alouds” featuring guest readers throughout the school during the week of Feb. 17. Plus, the school is building a yellow brick road around the school to represent all the books read by students during the month.
Sioux Trail Elementary is emphasizing reading during February with DEAR Time, a time each Friday where everyone in the school, including staff and students, will Drop Everything And Read for 20 minutes. On Feb. 27, the school will hold its first annual read-athon.
Rahn Elementary celebrated with a read-athon on Feb. 5. Then, on Feb. 27, Principal Barbara Borer will read “Green Eggs and Ham” to the school.
Marion W. Savage Elementary is celebrating its 8th annual Read-athon with a goal of 1,000 books and 50,000 pages read by the combined student body by Feb. 20. Prizes will be earned by the students and classrooms that read the most.