Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Reading is Magical Read-A-Thon

For the annual Northside Elementary Read-A-Thon we had a blast and read more than our school-wide goal of 700,000 minutes! But what you all probably don't know is about how hard the people behind the scenes put this great second year Read-A-Thon together. Now lets get some answers to how this year's Read-A-Thon was put together. First the theme was born at The Fernandez house where Mrs. Claudia Fernandez got the inspiration from her children, Ethan and Alexander Fernandez's love of Wizards and magic gave her the great idea. On Ethan and Alexander's birthday party she introduced the idea of reading 1,000 minutes to the party-goers and they would do it for "magic wands."

Next for the idea of the goals. The goals for the minutes read was based on the goals at a former school or some students (Frank Porter Graham) was the same goals that they had used from their Read-A-Thon in the past. As Mrs. Fernandez said " Of course, Frank Porter Graham always did their Read A Thon over 12 days AND over a holiday, so what NES Navigators were able to accomplish with their reading was AMAZING. It was truly magical!"

Finally to the truly AMAZING part of the Read-A-Thon was the data slides, wands, and of course the Library. First off we couldn't have had the Read-A-Thon without the wands, so now I would like to give a big thank you to all of those who helped create the wands during the EIGHT months it took them to make all of the wands. Also a big shout-out to Mrs. Cole, Mrs. Hawkins, Mr. Brown, and Ms. Casey. Mrs. Cole, Mrs. Hawkins, and Ms. Casey all helped decorate the library. Also Mr. Brown did all of the data slides and technology related things. Mrs. Cole was heard to say, "I think Read-A-Thon was a great success and I'm so happy we could create a magical library for all our Northside readers. I think for next year's Read-A-Thon we let our students vote on the theme. Maybe we can even get suggestions this spring and let kids vote and then announce it during National Library Week! I can't wait to see how we will transform our library next year to excite the love of reading!" Now that is all for this month, good bye Northside.
Story By William
Photo By Eliana
The Compass student newspaper staff members

Photos below were taken at the Read-A-Thon Awards Assemblies. Students received awards for meeting specific reading goals. Ms. Carnahan, our principal, was slimed two times as a reward for students meeting the school-wide goal of 700,000 minutes. CLICK HERE to read more about the Read-A-Thon on the NES Library Blog.

Sliming #1
Sliming #2