Students at Galion Primary and Intermediate Schools are getting ready to embark on a reading adventure beginning Monday and ending on Friday. The goal is for students to explore their world and learn the places they can go with reading.
The week-long events get underway at the Intermediate School with a kickoff assembly for students, featuring artist Bob Staley from Ashland on Monday. During the assembly, Intermediate School Principal Alex Sharick will issue his Principal’s Challenge for students. The goal is for the entire Intermediate School to read at least 50,000 pages. If the goal is met, Sharick and the Intermediate School staff will run an obstacle course at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Other activities throughout the week will include geocaching, a community readers program, a door decorating contest and trivia contest.
“The main goal of Right to Read Week is to get our students excited to read both in school, and more importantly, at home,” Sharick said. “If running an obstacle course or dressing in a costume (secondary goal if students read 75,000 pages) get students and their families engaged in more reading, then I’m more than happy to have fun and participate!”
The Primary School will start Right to Read Week with a 2 cent Book Sale Monday on Monday. Students will have the opportunity to purchase no more than two books. The highlight of the Primary School activities will be a visit from syndicated cartoonist Duane Abel, whose presentation, “Draw your Destiny”, will focus on goal setting, the power of reading, the value of education and four words to success all students need.
“Our students and staff always have a great time during Right to Read Week,” Primary School Principal Cindy Voss said. “We have different opportunities for students to read throughout the building, out on the playground and with a buddy. We’re excited to welcome Mr. Abel and hear his presentation to the students.”
Right to Read Week is an opportunity for the Galion City School District to place an even stronger emphasis on reading and its importance in the education of every student. Through sustained silent reading, reading to others and discussing the books we read and enjoy, we encourage students to develop lifelong love of reading.