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Reading Challenge Takes Flight at East Lake

Dressed as airplane pilots, Principal Thomas McKillop and Assistant Principal Mary Velte made a special appearance on News from the Nest on Jan. 28. The captain and co-captain appeared on the daily morning news show to tout the beginning of the Pick a Reading Partner program at East Lake Elementary School.  The theme for the three week program is “Travel the World Through Books.”  Using green screen technology, Mr. McKillop and Ms. Velte talked about the program from East Lake Airlines. Computer teacher assistant Susan Corrado superimposed an image of an airplane cockpit.  Students will be encouraged to read at home with a parent, sibling or another partner of their choice. They will log their “miles” in their reading passports. The grade levels will compete for a grand prize, earning points when students read at home, attend literacy events or check books out from the library.  Each week, a different pair of fifth-grade students gets to host the show which includes the Pledge of Allegiance, important announcements, weather, lunch menu, student and staff birthdays and fun facts.