The Bucyrus Elementary School held a celebration of reading during its annual Right to Read Week activities Feb. 29 through March 4.
The theme for the week-long event and associated activities was “Read Across America.” Each classroom was responsible for selecting a state and decorating their door with interesting facts. Each day during the week had a different theme. Students and staff were encouraged to wear a t-shirt with a message on Tuesday, wear their wildest stripes on Wednesday and wear their favorite hat on Friday.
“Each year, we give the students and staff the opportunity to showcase their creativity with their daily dress and decorations throughout the building,” librarian Diane Kaple said. “The creativity of our students, their parents and our staff never ceases to amaze me. It was an awesome week!”
Along with daily themes, the BES Library also hosted a weeklong Scholastic Book Fair and a Family Literacy Night on Tuesday. More than 300 students, parents and family members attended the Family Literacy event.
“This is the sixth year we’ve held this event, and each year the event grows,” Kaple said. “We had people all over the building for more than two hours engaged in different educational activities with their children. It was a wonderful night!”
Activities during Family Night ranged from a photo booth, to arts and crafts, to a book walk and much more. The evening also included a Leader in Me presentation for parents and a session with Crawford Park District Naturalist Josh Dyer for students. The Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) sponsored the family-centered event.
“The feedback we received from our families was fantastic,” librarian Kim Binnix said. “We are thankful that so many families came out to enjoy a fun evening of educational activities with their children.”
On Thursday, the building hosted the annual Redmen Readers event. More than 35 Bucyrus High School students spent the afternoon reading books to every class at the Elementary School.
“The students love when the ‘big kids’ come to read to them,” Kaple said. “Our students see many of the high school students competing in athletics and other events and look up to them. It is certainly one of the highlights of the week for all our students and our staff.”
The final activity of the week was the announcement of the Reading Challenge minutes. If students achieved the goal, Elementary School Principal Ms. Erica Dietzel and Associate Principal Mr. Timothy Souder would compete in a “Great Race Challenge”.
“We set the goal for this year’s Reading Challenge at 500,000 minutes,” Kaple said. “The kids, again this year, exceeded the goal and read 505,631 minutes. Plus, the book fair helped raise more than $3,200 for books and supplies for the library.
“We can’t thank our students, their families and our community enough for their support of reading in our school.”
To learn more about the Bucyrus Elementary School reading challenge and the National Read Across America activities, please contact librarians Diane Kaple or Kim Binnix at 419-562-6089. Photos from the week’s events can be found on the library’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/beslibrary.