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Reading Week at EMS Set for Feb. 25-March 1

February 22, 2019
By Andrea Wenger

Books, books and more books... and reading! That is what is on tap at Eastern Mennonite School K-12, February 25 to March 1 during Reading Week.

"Reading Week is when we carve out dedicated time for reading," says librarian Julianne Ross. "We set aside 20 minutes each day for students grades 6 to 12 to Drop Everything And Read, also known as DEAR. And, we make it all the more fun by adding in the elementary school's Scholastic Book Fair and special lunchtime activities. How could you NOT want to read?" she wonders.

Middle and high school students have DEAR at the end of their regular fourth period. Lunchtime library book-related activities will include a stone age photo booth, rock painting, book fair scavenger hunt and raffle tickets.

Elementary students will focus on reading each day as well. The elementary Parent-Teacher Fellowship will host the Scholastic Book Fair all week. Students, parents, grandparents and friends are invited to shop at the Book Fair before and after school and throughout the entire school day on Thursday, Feb. 28. All book sales will benefit the EMS library.

Ross encouraged teachers to model their own love of reading for their students as they prepared for DEAR week. One way to do that, she said, is to update the white boards she hung outside their classroom doors listing what they are currently reading. A little chocolate helps, she realized, offering rewards to those teachers who updated their boards. 

Ross encouraged teachers over the past week to invite students to have their DEAR book ready before reading time on Monday morning, Feb. 25. She also invited administrators and office staff to bring books to enjoy during DEAR, as well. Finally, she encouraged faculty and staff to visit the library's book fair to purchase books for the young readers in their life, supporting the library budget along the way.

Parents can follow this link for more information about the fair as well as to set up an E-Wallet account to allow students to spend up to a designated dollar amount to a credit card.