Thursday, May 6, 2010

Books come alive at Woodridge

May 6, 2010
Cranston Herald
Text and photos by: Jen Cowart

Second-graders Grant Clayton and Madison Berman came to school as their favorite characters, The JOker and Miss Viola Swamp.

     The staff and students at Woodridge Elementary School took the opportunity to combine their School Spirit Week with Reading Week last month. Reading specialist Karen Marocco planned the week so that each day featured a new set of activities. As part of the week's events, Marocco also scheduled a variety of guest readers reading to all of the classrooms.

     On Monday, the students and teachers came dressed in their favorite team jerseys for Sports Day. Tuesday brought characters to life from the children's favorite books. Fancy Nancy, the Wimpy Kid and his diary, and many more characters could be seen roaming the hallways and filling the classrooms as the students showed off their costumes and shared who their favorite characters were.

Kindergartener Max Marchetti shows off his favorite book, "ABC" by author Dr. Seuss.

     As the week progressed, the focus turned to colors and students were asked to come to school dressed in ocean colors to celebrate the Reading Week theme:  Catch the waves of Literacy.

     On Thursday, the students were asked to sport T-shirts they'd designed themselves advertising their favorite books, and Friday was a beach da as the studetns and staff caught the waves of literacy for one last day.
Rob Rainville takes time out from his campaign for Attorney General to read to students. The students posing with Rainville are wearing the T-shirts they designed, which advertise their favorite books.

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