Reading comes to life at Gillette Elementary

Gillette Elementary teachers and students dressed as their favorite book characters to celebrate Reading Night on Oct. 19.

The event served as the school’s first informative meeting and kicked-off the first of many events for students and parents.

“Our goal is to facilitate an interactive approach to partnering with parents and other adult family members to inspire the love of reading in children,” Gillette Elementary Academic Dean Julia Gimbel said.

The Gillette choir headlined the event followed by a brief discussion about the importance of reading. Students were then able to visit several classrooms throughout the campus to take part in hands on reading activities. The first five students to complete certain reading challenges won bundles of books.

Parents were also informed of their child’s reading level and goal. Some of the students seized the opportunity to take AR tests while others created their own special bookmarks.

Once the students participated in an array of activities, they were treated to tasty refreshments.

Future themed events include Story Tellers Night, Build a Book, Camp Fire, Treasure Hunt, Reading Under the Stars, Poetry and an Art Show.

“We believe the events can provide parents an opportunity to meet other parents as we show them and our students the importance of reading and writing,” Gimbel added.

Gillette Elementary Principal Ms. Lorena Jasso is also excited about the events lined up for the school year.

“Gillette has an amazing library with about 13,000 books and with each book our students are able to explore other worlds, other lives, and different facts and overall gain new knowledge,” Jasso said. “We strive to create readers who will one day rule the world.”

She added that Gillette Librarian Ms. Lori Laguna is instrumental in offering these opportunities and parents are key in fostering the love for literacy.

Way to go, Gillette Elementary!

Gillette Reading Night

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