Clyde-Savannah Elementary School recently put a twist on traditional reading to celebrate world read aloud day.
The event was run by school librarian Courtney Marr, who said it was great to see everyone excited about reading.
The school used a buddy system for the day’s Drop Everything And Read session. The entire school participates in this 15-minute reading period. While typically a silent event, the session on world read aloud day was filled with laughs and exchanges of encouragement as students and staff paired up to read.
Nicole Zimmerman’s first-grade class was able to Skype with author and illustrator Jennifer Hansen Rolli to learn about her career and listen to her read two books: “Claudia and Moth” and “Just For Me.” Rolli explained why she became an author and how she comes up with story ideas.
“Children are the most creative and have the best, brightest imaginations,” Rolli said.
Marr said she was happy to organize the Skype session for the first-graders, who were jumping to ask Rolli questions at the end.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to hear from an author,” Marr said. “This is our first time celebrating world read aloud day and it’s our first time Skyping with an author. Hopefully this gets the students even more excited to read in the future.”
“We were excited to celebrate world read aloud day this year,” Principal Katy Lumb said. “We’re thrilled to continue to build our culture of literacy.”