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Rockstar Readers Emerge at East Lake

Their dedication to reading earned them rockstar status at East Lake Elementary School, as students took part in the Pick a Reading Partner program from Feb. 6-17.

The literacy initiative was in partnership with the PTA and this year’s theme was “Reading Like a Rockstar.” The two-week program began with an author visit from Alan Katz, who has published more than 40 children’s books.

As an author-in-residence for a day on Feb. 6, he hosted sessions with each grade level to talk about his books, his inspiration for stories and the writing process. East Lake students greeted him warmly with handmade displays representing his stories. They also surprised him with a song from one of his books that students sang to a prepared accompaniment by music teacher Gina Aspetti.

Feb. 10 was decades dress-up day, with each grade representing a different era. Kindergartners stepped back to the 1950s, while fifth grades donned more recent fashion from the early 2000s.

PARP also included a two-day book fair, a bookmark design contest and a secret reader night at Barnes & Noble. Students kept digital logs to record their daily reading, completed a word search, submitted silly jokes for Valentine’s Day and earned raffle tickets by checking books out at the public library.

Classroom activities supported good reading habits. Christine Marshall’s second graders read through books and online resources to gather information for nonfiction research projects on topics of their choice.