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‘Camping Out’ At School To Read

Published: October 28, 2017

Carrying flashlights, sleeping bags or blankets, and books, Sandy Hook Elementary School students in kindergarten to second grade entered the school on the evening of October 18, ready to read.

Students and their families were invited to attend the literacy night event. Signs pointed the way outside and people greeted the avid readers with small multicolored flashlights that attached to their finger tips.

Once outside, more signs reflected signage one might find in an actual campground, such as “Please do not feed the bears.” Mock campfires were set up around the outdoor space, using faux candles and faux logs.

Language Arts Consultant Cynthia McArthur organized the hourlong event. As students and their families were getting comfortable, Ms McArthur noted she could hear crickets chirping as the evening sky turned darker. Along with the finger flashlights, Ms McArthur said the school also had extra books at the ready, in case students needed more reading material.

“I just love the simplicity… the best thing you can do with your child is sit down and read,” said Ms McArthur, as families were doing just that around her.

The evening also included kindergarten teacher Kathy Gramolini reading aloud for a group of students and family members.

A literacy night for third and fourth graders is planned for later in the school year.

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