As the days wind down to the upcoming winter break, River Valley students and staff celebrate their love of reading through a variety of fabulous events. Reading is everywhere at River Valley School! Each of the last 12 school days prior to break features a different fun activity to promote literacy and the joy of reading! The event also represents the half-way point of a school-wide reading challenge that culminates in May.
Staff and students alike have shared poems, performed “reader’s theater scripts”, dressed as favorite literary characters, and heard some of the most beloved holiday stories from River Valley staff. Some of the activities that received the most attention however have been at the onset and the conclusion of the festivities. “The 12 Days of Reading” started out with a bang on Stop, Drop, and Reading Day. Every person in the building was expected to carry a book at all times, as they would never know when the alarm would signal that it was time to Stop, Drop and Read! Throughout the building and in the hallways, kids and staff alike would drop what they were doing to simply enjoy a good book for 10 minutes! The culmination of the festivities occurred on the last day prior to break at the Every Minute Counts Assembly, where we celebrated the reading progress of all students who are tracking the number of minutes spent reading. River Valley has a goal to log 1,600,000 minutes of Reading time this year! Mrs. Lynch and Mrs. Burkhardt, the Principal and Assistant Principal at River Valley, agreed to “Kiss a Bulldog” to celebrate the accomplishments of the students, who have already logged in 541,801 minutes! So keep on reading!