Students dug for dinosaur bones and measured the feet of various prehistoric creatures during the recent Family Reading Night at Perkins School in Newark.
Reading teacher Mikey Davanzo, co-chair of the Reading Week Committee with librarian assistant Kelly Puckett, said 74 families attended the annual event that involved other reading-related activities. These included opportunities for children to sign up for a Newark Public Library card and families to purchase Scholastic Book Fair items focused on a dinosaur theme.
Proceeds from the annual book fair benefit the student activity fund. Students unable to attend Family Reading Night participated in activities that were moved to the school foyer the next day.
Other Reading Week activities included a dinosaur hunt with storyteller Regi Carpenter, community readers such as Mayor Jonathan Taylor and Police Chief Mark Thoms, and an assembly where it was announced the school exceeded its 1,000-book reading goal for the week by 200.
This year’s bookmark design contest winner is first-grader Kolsten Baker. Every student received bookmarks featuring his dinosaur drawing.
Davanzo said Reading Week’s dinosaur theme was a hit with students.
“Oh my gosh, kids love dinosaurs,’’ she said, adding that an interesting fact about a dinosaur was shared during morning announcements.
Davanzo said the students really loved the T. rex costume worn by physical education teacher Sue Moak each morning to greet them as they got off the bus and at the final assembly. Moak was joined by district mascot Red Fox and Perkins mascot Clifford the Big Red Dog.
“Reading week was a great success,” Principal Sue Achille said. “It’s so much fun for the kids and really inspires them to read, which is the goal. What more can you ask for than for kids to get excited about reading? As a whole school, they read over 1,200 books. That’s amazing!”