Dobbins Elementary School was turned into a Magic Kingdom as staff and students celebrated Right to Read week. The entire school building was decorated with a Disney theme.
''We built the week around Disney,'' said school librarian Lois Dunnavant. ''We thought it would be a great way to promote reading.''
The idea came from a Right to Read week committee made up of Dunnavant, first grade teacher Kim Aikens and kindergarten teacher Penny Mayle. They came up with the theme ''Enter the Magic Kingdom of Reading,'' and had each grade level in the building transform into a Disney location. The kindergarten became Fantasy Land, first grade was Tomorrow Land, second grade was Adventure Land, third grade became Frontier Land, and the fourth grade became Liberty Square.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Surprise guests last Friday for the Dobbins Elementary School's end of Right to Read week included Mickey and Minnie Mouse, played by Chloe Kosco and Zoe Simon, fifth graders from McKinley.
Each day starting last Monday saw a different guest speaker come in at the start of school to open the day by reading a book. Among the guest readers were physical education teacher Kristi Schenker, township police officer Steve Kent, North principal Stephanie Mateja, superintendent David Janofa and on Friday, Jessica Briganti from WFMJ television.
''Every morning brought in a new guest reader, someone the children would perhaps know but would not normally be reading to them,'' said Dunnavant. ''There were [also] many additional opportunities to emphasis reading. In addition to the guest readers and the parent volunteers reading in the library, we had D.E.A.R. time, time set in each classroom when students were asked to 'Drop Everything and Read.'''
Other activities included word searches given to each student with words that fit into their ''kingdom,'' and quotes from Disney movies that were read by students and interpreted by other students. Hallways were decorated to reflect Disney's kingdoms with quotes for students to read as they passed by.
''We even had a visit from the Poland children's librarian to discuss the summer reading program and Tuesday the Poland High School Show Choir treated us to songs from Disney movies,'' Dunnavant added.
Friday wrapped up a magical week as former Poland student Jess Briganti from WFMJ read to the students. Briganti told students reading was important and helped her achieve her career goals. She was introduced to the students by Dobbins principal Mike Daley, who was Briganti's teacher in high school.
To cap the week off, McKinley fifth-graders Zoe Simon and Chloe Kosco dressed as Mickey and Minnie Mouse and came out to get the students fired up about reading.