Maple Lake Elementary celebrated I Love to Read Month Feb. 13 through March 2. The theme this year was “Read for the Gold” and went along with the Olympics. Every day students were given an Olympic fact and then told to S.C.O.R.E. for 15 minutes – which means Stop, Chill Out, and Read Everything. Throughout the month, students were given the opportunity to dress up in olympic colors, dress like an olympian, dress in PJ’s or flannel and dress up like your favorite Dr. Seuss character.
“We had a wonderful book swap organized and run by 6th graders where students brought in gently used books and traded them for other gently used books,” librarian Kath Heffron said.
Those weeks saw students continually reading on the reading stage in the front lobby. Students were also instructed to keep track of all the minutes of reading they did at home with the hope of meeting a schoolwide goal to win a trip to Powder Ridge in Kimball for snow tubing. Their reading goal was 66,300 minutes which was determined by the grade level goal of reading minutes each week.
“Students were getting kind of worried because by Tuesday, Feb 27 and Wednesday, Feb 28 we were quite a distance from the goal. But when they handed in their final minutes on Thursday, March 1, we did it, we reached our goal. We actually read 69,573 plus,” Heffron said. By reaching the goal, students got to go snow tubing on Friday, March 2 for two hours.
“Fun was had by all, including staff. It was a great and rewarding time for staff to actually play along with their students,” Heffron said.