MILLERSPORT – So, how do you catch a tricky leprechaun? Millersport Elementary students had plenty of ideas, such as jump from a trampoline and catch him, dig a hole and wait for him to fall into it, dress like a leprechaun and say, “I’m here to take your shift,” or possibly place a rainbow in a jail cell and close the bars behind him when he goes in to take a look. Students submitted their ideas during a writing contest that was part of the Millersport Elementary students and staff’s celebration of Right to Read Week through the third week of March.
Choosing a writing contest winner was difficult. “ We had 13 winners,” said Angie Ulrich, Millersport Elementary talented and gifted coordinator and Title 1 math teacher. First place winners won Barnes and Noble gift cards and runners up won scented pencils called “Smencils.” Winners included kindergartener Brantson Schilling, first grader Nathan Turner, second grader Dominic Fernandez, third grader Nick Shopovski, fourth grader Kylie Longhenry, and sixth grader Destiney VanDeWater. Kindergartener Mitchell King, second graders Corey Durbin and Becky Schilling, third grader Delanie Moore, fourth graders Casey Bales and Brooklyn Taylor, and fifth grader Kris Blauser were runners up.
Ulrich said this year’s Right to Read Week theme was “ Reading is a Golden Opportunity” to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day. Along with daily reading and writing activities, the students enjoyed independent reading under a rainbow canopy in the elementary rotunda.
“ On Monday, students kicked off the week with crazy socks,” said Ulrich. Everyone brought good luck charms Tuesday with the hope they would “get caught reading.” Wednesday was celebrated with a Teacher Swap, where teachers traded students and classrooms for a 20-minute read-aloud. Thursday, everyone wore green for St. Patrick’s Day and Friday the hallways were full of readable t-shirts.
Ulrich said throughout the week each classroom had its own bingo card with the titles of some of the students’ alltime favorite children’s books. Each morning, the students listened closely to a guest reader who announced the lucky book bingo title.
Ulrich thanked everyone who helped to make Right to Read Week successful—the flexible and energetic teachers, eager and enthusiastic students, and to the creative and hard working TAG students and parents who assisted with many of the projects leading up to the celebration. “In the end, everyone was able to enjoy a week full of reading,” she said. “What a golden opportunity!”