E.K. Baker

E.K. Baker Elementary School teacher Karla Dake, shown here dressed as The Cat in the Hat, helped students celebrate Read Across America Week last week.

E.K. Baker Elementary School celebrated a week of reading from March 2-6 for Read Across America Week.

Mrs. Karla Dake helped the school celebrate by creating dress up days for the students, as well as scheduling guest speakers to read to the classes. Mrs. Karen Sliger and Ms. Christy Elliott helped by planning RIF Family Night. Mrs. Sliger also planned games and goodies for the students to enjoy during library classes.

On Monday, March 2, E.K. Baker had a Family Night for RIF. Students and their parents came to school to play games like Meteor Strike, Planet Ring Toss, Planet Relay, Alien Knock Down, Marshmallow Constellations, Straw Rockets and Solar System Bingo.

One example of a game they played was Planet Relay. Students had to pretend balloons were planets and run with them between their legs to a chair, then try to pop the balloons. To top it all off, all students who attended received a free book!

Read Across America is a celebration of books and authors. It gets schools involved and lets students participate in fun and engaging activities.

The week started with Dr. Seuss’s birthday, so the activities were inspired by him and his works. On Monday, students dressed up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character. On Wednesday, students dressed wacky for Wacky Wednesday. On Thursday, students could wear green for “Green Eggs and Ham.” Lastly, on Friday, students wore pajamas to represent the theme of “Dreaming of a Good Book.”

Guest readers from the community came and read to students. Overall, Read Across America helped inspire students to keep reading!

Reading Is Fun (RIF) helps students learn to enjoy reading. Every student gets a free book and gets to play games and have snacks based on the theme.

The RIF theme was “Reading is Out of This World,” so students had Moon Pies, Cosmic Brownies, and space juice (Kool-Aid).

The PTO paid for the books and the prizes for the games.

Addison Boggess said she loves RIF and the books she gets. Lola Cate said she loves getting free books. And Landon Snider, in kindergarten, said he loves the free books and the exciting games.

Overall, the week of reading was a big success for the students. They had a great time and realized that reading can be fun.

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