I Love to Read Month is traditionally celebrated in February in Manitoba, and GVSD schools are joining the effort to promote reading as one of the foundations for literacy development. I Love to Read month is celebrated to encourage reading, writing and sharing in the joy of literacy.
Reading is an important skill that everyone needs in almost every area of life. Some GVSD schools will have a month-long celebration of reading, while others may run special reading activites throughout the year. Schools will celebrate and support reading this month through a variety of planned activities, such as special events, contests, guest readers in the classroom, to name just a few. Literacy is a major objective in the GVSD Board's Strategic plan, and families are encouraged to take some time to read together and nurture reading as a vital lifelong activity. Below are some descriptions and photos of the 'I Love To Read' activities that our schools are highlighting this month.
Plum Coulee School
Plum Coulee School’s “I Love to Read” month has the theme of “Saddle up and Read”. A western flavour has been added to our reading activities. Students are excited about the prizes that our Parent Advisory Council has arranged for the classes with the most minutes per student read at home, as well as prizes for fundraising for our Read-A-Thon. If students raise $3000, Principal Mary Eberling-Penner has agreed to spend the morning “in Jail”. Students can also win prizes with the correct answer to the daily trivia question. Each class has also set four goals that will move their rodeo horses to the next rodeo station. Students also wait eagerly for the “cowboy” to ring the “triangle bell” over the intercom that signals the start of a Stop, Drop and Read time. The “cowboy’ visits classes to drop off treats for the diligent readers. Other visitors to classes include guest readers (Assistant Superintendent Todd Monster, The Flyers players, Radio CFAM/Eagle personalities). Teachers also participated as guest readers during two “teacher swap” period. Excitement is high as Plum Coulee School “saddles up to read”.
Classes at Parkland are doing an Olympic theme entitled "Reading for Gold." The students will try to read 6000 books or more as a school this month. There are special reading events that are organized this month in support of the theme, which include: DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), Dress Up Wednesdays – Olympic Themes, Travelling Thursdays (Teachers go to other classes as a guest reader), Read-in as a whole school in the gym.
There will be draws for prizes, and also class party rewards for minutes read.
Winkler Elementary School
Mystery is the reading theme at Winkler Elementary School this year. WES has a mystery to be solved during "I Love To Read Month." The most popular series of books in the school library--the "Dog Man" books--have gone missing! Anyone having information that will help solve this mystery is asked to contact their teacher. Detectives are busy at WES trying to find clues to find out who stole the Dogman books from our school. The I-Love-To-Read month also includes the Reading Club in the library, where students can just bring a book and read. Students are also invited to creatively tell everyone why they love to read, by making a poster, writing a paragraph, writing a sticky note, or doing artwork and posting it on the bulletin board by the computer lab.