Third Annual Read-a-Thon at Oldfield Middle School
By Alison DeMaria
Sixth-grade students at Oldfield Middle School in the Harborfields Central School District participated in the third annual Literacy Committee Read-a-Thon. Students pledged to read a certain number of pages or for a certain amount of time between 8:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and gathered monetary donations based on their anticipated amount of reading.
Students spent the day in the school auditorium donning pajamas and equipped with their novel or e-reader. 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.
Oldfield Assistant Principal Wayne Cronk described the event, sponsored by the Literacy Committee, as “a way to promote literacy and encourage the love of independent reading while exposing students to new and exciting genres of literature.”
During breaks, participants enjoyed book talks with committee members and library personnel, as well as entertaining activities such as Literacy Jeopardy. The money raised from the Read-a-Thon will be used to supplement classroom libraries.