Stadium Drive Elementary School held five days of fun that encouraged students to pick up a good book during Right to Read Week, Feb. 4 to 8. They were encouraged to read around the world.
"In the hallways, we set up destinations from around the world," said Stadium Drive reading specialist Lisa Cooper.
She said students got reading time from visiting various destinations such as a warm beach or a jungle. They even had a chance to sit in the space shuttle for their reading time.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
It took time to get the hair right, but Stadium Drive first-grader Sydney Pavlik was happy with the outcome. She dressed as Cindy Lou Who from the Dr. Seuss book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” She is pictured getting in some reading time in the school’s space shuttle. The school was set up with scenes from around the world. Each station was visited by students for a short reading time where they enjoyed a new book.
On Wednesday, the students dressed as a favorite character from a book they enjoy. The sky was the limit and many students went out of their way to portray their favorite character.
Third-grader Guy Young could be seen waving his magic wand dressed as Harry Potter. First-grader Alicia Williams was in good color with her red hair as she portrayed Mary Beth from the book "Mary Beth has a Friend."
While some wore wigs, first-grader Sydney Pavlik chose to go natural. She had her hair done up as Cindy Lou Who from the book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
"It took 20 minutes for my mommy to do my hair," she said. "It wasn't a lot of work though."
In the end, Cooper was pleased with how the students enjoyed books and reading. She said the week was a big success for all involved.
Each day also saw a large number of volunteer readers who came into the classrooms to share a story with the kids. Jim Mazza and John Padulo from the Youngstown Phantom hockey team joined in the fun as readers, then spent time answering students' questions on what it is like to be a hockey player.
Also joining the volunteer group was Boardman police Chief Jack Nichols and his friend Anna Howells, who both brought their young grandchildren to enjoy the event as well.