Gillette Elementary hosts Hawaiian luau party

Gillette Elementary hosts Hawaiian luau party
Posted on 05/25/2018

Gillette Elementary School students who met their reading goal for May were treated to a fun Hawaiian luau party on May 21.

Students got into the spirit by wearing colorful beachwear, sunglasses and Hawaiian leis as they enjoyed all the fun activities, including face painting, dancing and jumping inside the inflatable bounce houses. Others also made a big splash as they went down the water slides.

Gillette Choir Teacher Dr. Leonardo Zepeda was in charge of hosting the dance party, where students gathered to sing and dance to their favorite songs. Inside the gym, they had their faces painted and were treated to refreshing snow cones.

For the past five months, every grade level was given a reading goal each month in an effort to cultivate a love for reading in students.

“This year, one of our campus initiatives was that we wanted students to be reading more,” Gillette Elementary Academic Dean Julie Gimbel said. “We want our students to read and build stamina because it helps them to be successful in school.”

From April 19 through May 18, students took a total of 10,656 tests.

Gimbel was happy to reward the students and hopes to continue to offer these fun incentives to continue to promote literacy in and out of the classroom.

“Reading exposes children to rich vocabulary, builds knowledge and sparks their imagination. We believe this is one of the reasons we are finding success here at Gillette Elementary,” Gimbel concluded.

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