Amherstburg Public School celebrates literacy

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local elementary school used Valentine’s Day to showcase a love of reading, but the school’s efforts are branching out to more than just one day.

Amherstburg Public School is hosting “For the Love of Reading” throughout February with a “Love of Literacy” event being held last Tuesday as part of it. Vice principal Christina Pottie said Tamye Machine from Link to Literacy donated enough books to the school so that every student could have at least one for free.

There is also a book drive, Pottie said, with old books being accepted so that they may be donated to Zambia and create a library there.

“We’ve also invited parents to come in and read to the students,” said Pottie.

isa Greason reads to Jacob and Alex (left) during the “Love of Literacy” event at Amherstburg Public School last Tuesday.

isa Greason reads to Jacob and Alex (left) during the “Love of Literacy” event at Amherstburg Public School last Tuesday.

The gymnasium was full of parents and grandparents reading to children with other local dignitaries on hand to read to classes as well. Local figures included Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, Sgt. Matt Capel-Cure from the Amherstburg Police Service and Capt. Rick Wismer from the Amherstburg Fire Department.

Pottie said that Amherstburg Public School has applied to Indigo for a “Love of Reading” grant as well.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo reads to a class.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo reads to a class.

“Literacy is so important,” said Pottie. “It is essential in students’ lives and families.”

Pottie organized the literacy events with special education teacher Laura Braithwaite. Braithwaite pointed out there is a contest for students and they are invited to submit a poem, book or short story to her before tomorrow for judging.

The final entries will be submitted to outside judges, she noted, with the winner receiving a gift card and the opportunity to share their writing with the school during an assembly.

Capt. Rick Wismer from the Amherstburg Fire Department reads to a class.

Capt. Rick Wismer from the Amherstburg Fire Department reads to a class.

The “Love of Literacy” event on Valentine’s Day was a way to make the day stand out even more for the students.

“I think it helps make Valentine’s Day at school a bit more meaningful,” said Braithwaite.

Braithwaite added students were excited for the day with her special needs students helping to decorate the gymnasium as well. There are also math and arts nights planned for the future, she added.

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