We have discussed in other CSD Spotlight articles the ways in which our schools’ libraries help to foster and facilitate student engagement and success.
At Porters Point School, librarian Mary Ann Kadish championed the event by inviting guests from our community to the PPS library to read aloud to the students. PPS also tied reading into a PBIS success celebration by showing films based on Dr. Suess books (the beloved author’s birthday is March 2).
At Union Memorial School, librarian Judy Flanagan also invited guest readers to work with the students, including staff from around the district and even Colchester Police Department’s DARE officer, Corporal Fontaine. These efforts are important; the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017’s Pathway E is “Parent, Community, and School Partnerships Among Lifelong Learners.”
(Here are a few tiny thumbnail snapshots of some of the UMS guest readers just for fun.)
At Colchester Middle School, librarian Angelika Mahoney organized her annual daily reading enrichment contest in which students correctly answering questions related to Dorothy Canfield Fisher Reading Award books were entered into drawings to win a book.
We invite you to explore any of these embedded links if you would like to learn more about Colchester School District’s various approaches to literacy instruction (which includes but is not limited to the Junior Great Books program, an emergent reading program, a guided reading program, annual participation in the Red Clover event, the Title I program, participation in special reading competitions, and more). To read our five-part primer on literacy, please click here.
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