Students in grades K-3 at the Herricks Public Schools’ Denton Avenue School kicked off a summer of reading on May 31, when the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RV visited and provided an educational and exciting “pop-up” festival celebrating literature. Denton earned this opportunity as a result of students’ outstanding participation in last summer’s reading initiative. The school placed within the top 5 percent of schools nationwide for the highest number logged reading minutes.
As a highlight to this event, the esteemed children’s author Tracey West visited. She discussed her work as a writer of many series, including Pokemon, Lego League and Dragon Masters books. She explained what it takes to put a story together and the many steps of the writing process.
“I’ve always loved to read books, and I get to use my imagination each day,” West said. She answered several questions from each group of students.
The festival also featured a variety of fun activities, all based around reading. Clifford the Big Red Dog® and Geronimo Stilton characters made guest appearances, and students rotated activity stations that incorporated reading into games, art projects and more. Students earned prizes and received giveaways, such as reading stickers and bookmarks.
Throughout the summer, the RVs will visit 50 U.S. cities and towns nationwide, traveling more than 10,000 miles to spread the message about the importance of summer reading to kids.