Grandview Elementary School celebrates literacy, encourages reading at home
November 19, 2016
Grandview Elementary School Principal Dave Grubbs, in a hard hat and neon construction vest, addressed an audience of students and parents at Literacy Night in the school cafeteria Wednesday night.
"This is about getting excited and celebrating literacy," he said to the crowd, as they munched on wings and fries from the Wing Shack truck outside the school. "At school, we have to teach other things, too — math, science — so that love of reading has to be worked on from home too."
All month, the school has been preparing for Literacy Night. Teachers decorated the outside of their doors with book-themed creations. Students brought in books from home and lined the hallways with them.
Families wandered the halls looking at the books and were allowed to take books that interested the students in an all-school book exchange.
Nanette Hoelmer, Grandview's literacy specialist, explained that the staff's construction-themed outfits weren't just a visual representation of literacy being a project.
"There's a lot of construction around the school still," she said. "We're just embracing it. Why fight it?"
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The construction theme continued to a craft that students participated in during the book exchange. Students wrapped duct tape around small, phone shaped PVC pipes to make "reading phones."
"You hold it to your face like a phone," said fifth-grader Jada Scifres. "Then when you read out loud, you can whisper to yourself and hear yourself."
Jada said she is excited to use her reading phone for when she's writing.
"After I write a paragraph, it helps me to read it out loud so I can hear myself, and hear any mistakes I made."
Sisters Leah, 8, and Taryn Carey, 5, came with their parents and baby sister, Meredith.
The girls say that though reading isn't their favorite subjects in school — Leah's is science and Taryn's is math — they love reading books.
Leah explained that her parents encourage her and her sister read every night.
"Right now I'm reading Junie B. Jones," Leah said. "That's one of my favorites."