The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

August 26, 2013

Endy Elementary School hosts party to celebrate summer reading program

By Tiffany Thompson, Staff Writer

Monday, August 26, 2013 — Endy Elementary School hosted a party recently to celebrate a successful summer reading program.

Marisa Efird, Endy cirriculum coach and organizer of the program, said the goal for having students read during the summer was to prevent the “summer slide.”

“A lot of times if kids don’t read during the summer they have to play catch-up when they get back to school in the fall,” Efird said.

“We wanted to make sure that didn’t happen.”

The program was geared toward students in first through fifth grades. Each student who participated received a bag of books for their respective reading level. The bags also contained writing assignments for each book, which were designed to keep the students thinking about what they were reading.

“All of our books came from the common core library from Scholastic. The writing assignments were challenging, but we’ve had a lot of good feedback about them,” Efird said.

Periodically throughout the summer, the students participating in the program came to school to exchange their bag of books for another.

“When they each came in, they put their name and the books they had read on a yellow brick,” Efird said. The bricks were then placed on the floor, making a trail to the media center.

“We made our theme based on the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ so this was our yellow brick road.”

The theme for the program was “Follow the yellow brick road of reading to prevent the summer slide.”

Then on Aug. 8, the nearly 50 students who participated were invited back to the school for an end-of-summer party.

They were encouraged to dress as their favorite “Wizard of Oz” character and refreshments were available featuring scenes from the story.

“It was a great program. I enjoyed it. It was a lot of work, but I had a lot of help,” Efird said.

She expressed gratitude to her fellow volunteers who helped keep the program going all summer. They include Julie Griffith (second-grade teacher), Dawn Williams (media specialist), Jackie Chambers (parent of the year) and her family and Efird’s daughter, Kara (middle schooler at West Stanly Middle).