Adair County Primary Center kindergarten student Elaine Cook used a construction paper cutout of her hand to make a fish based on one of her favorite books, “Finding Nemo,” Thursday evening at Read Across Adair County.
Local students ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade celebrated Read Across Adair County this week with a full slate of games and activities to encourage reading. The culminating event came Thursday night, March 2, 2017 – which serves as the national Read Across America Day – when more than 800 students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community volunteers packed into Adair County Primary Center for a wide range of reading-related programs.
“We want to expose students to age appropriate books and even give away books so they can have something at home to read, either with their families or by themselves,” says Sarah Burton, ACPC’s curriculum resource teacher. “We want to foster that love of reading at a young age.”
Some of the activities for the week included dress-up days, like Wild Hair Day (Monday), Hat Day (Tuesday), Wild Socks Day (Wednesday), Red and White Day (Thursday), and Pajama Day (Friday). The goal is for students to have fun all week and gain positive associations with reading. “The dress up days are for the kids to get excited,” Burton says. “We want them to have fun with reading.”
The event Thursday night featured different attractions in every classroom. There were volunteers reading books to students all across the school, face painting stations, physical activities with Lindsey Wilson College’s football team in the gym, and free pizza and drinks in the cafeteria.
“It was a great night and it’s been a great week,” Burton says. “It’s a great way to encourage reading for the whole family.”
ACPC students who participated in Hat Day as part of the Read Across Adair County celebration this week included Alexis Alley, pictured up front, and (left to right) Megan Powell, Charley Decker, Crystal Vertrees, and Mackenzie Curry.
Tori Kimbler, left, and Devan Burton, both sophomore FFA students at Adair County High School, took turns reading to younger students at ACPC Thursday night for Read Across Adair County.
Adair County High School junior Callie Stotts painted faces Thursday night at Adair County Primary Center’s Read Across Adair County festivities. She’s pictured with ACPC second grader Abby Maulden.
ACPC second grader Lane Kelsay and ACES fourth grader Brody Brock with Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss Thursday evening at Read Across Adair County.