Boardman elementary schools are celebrating Right To Read Week (May 11-15) with more than 3 dozen virtual guests--many of them are local essential workers in the battle against Covid-19. The theme is “Reading is Essential!”
“We have emergency room nurses, firefighters and police officers--as well as Boardman School Board members, principals and many of our staff reading books this year,” said Jamie Malish, reading specialist at Robinwood Elementary. “Right to Read Week is always a special time in our district, and we didn't want the kids to miss out on it this year.”
“Half of the excitement every year is having community members, a principal, or the superintendent come into the classroom and read,” said Lisa Rucci, Reading Specialist at West Boulevard. “We put the word out, and were so excited that so many essential workers were eager to record themselves reading a book for our students to enjoy!”
Logistically, all the recordings were put on unlisted Youtube channels, and made available to all the teachers to use this week as they teach remotely. Videos are still coming in, and at last count, there were nearly 3 dozen books to choose.
“Something new with virtual reading this year-- many of our readers included their furry friends from home,” said Lisa Cooper, reading specialist at Stadium Drive. “One of the most entertaining videos was from Boak and Sons, as their new puppy, Harper, tried to “read along” occasionally chewing on the corner of the Dr. Seuss book ”Go Dog Go.”