First Annual Read-a-Thon at Oldfield Middle School
Sixth-grade students of Oldfield Middle School in the Harborfields Central School District participated in the first annual Literacy Committee Read-a-Thon. The fundraiser took place on Friday, March 2, a date celebrating both the birth of author Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and the nationally recognized “Read Across America Day.” Students pledged to read a certain amount of time or number of pages between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 2:50 p.m., and gathered monetary donations based on their anticipated amount of reading.
Over 100 students spent the day in the school auditorium donning pajamas and their independent novel, Nook or Kindle. Lounging with pillows and blankets, in sleeping bags and on couches brought into the auditorium from the school library, students silently attempted to meet their reading goals.
Assistant Principal Wayne Cronk described the event, sponsored by the Literacy Committee, as “a way to promote literacy and encourage the practice of independent reading.”
During breaks, participants enjoyed book talks with committee members and library personnel, as well as entertaining activities such as “Literacy Jeopardy.” The $2,000 raised from the read-a-thon will be used to supplement classroom libraries, as well as additional reading material for the school’s library.
“This was a great way to end the week,” commented students Jack Taliercio and Ben Messing. “We were able to relax with a good book and help improve the school library at the same time!”
Photo Captions 1-3: Sixth-grade students of Oldfield Middle School in the Harborfields Central School District participated in the first annual Literacy Committee Read-a-Thon.
Story & photo by Alison DeMaria