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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Fun times during Nevada Reading Week

Nevada Reading Week is one of my favorite weeks of the year.  It is the chance for me to head out into our schools to spend some time reading to our students. 

I am sure that it is not nearly as much fun for the classroom teachers to have the superintendent come into their classroom to read to their students.  I can always tell when they have been “prepared” for my visit when they are able to pronounce my name when I am introduced.  Let’s face it, if I knew that the superintendent was coming into my classroom to read, there would have been preparation as well.

The Each One Read One book selected by the committee this year was “The Artist and Me,” written by Shane Peacock and illustrated by Sophie Casson.  This beautifully written and illustrated story is one of a bully whose victim would become one of the world’s most recognizable artists, Vincent Van Gogh. 

This year, I read to students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade at Oran K. Gragson Elementary School, Sunrise Acres Elementary School, Steve. Schorr Elementary School, Paradise Elementary School, Louis Wiener Jr. Elementary School, and Beverly S. Mathis Elementary School.

I always bring my favorite books and then choose based upon the grade level.  I usually never know what grade or class I am reading to before I walk in the door, and I love that!  There are a few books that I always take with me, but my favorite to read is “Jujo, the Youngest Tribesman” by Mark Ludy. 

While reading to students is truly a fulfilling experience for me, the humor often happens during the question and answer session following the book.  In one classroom, I commented to the teacher that her class was so well behaved.  One of her students piped up, “She was hoping you would say that!” When in another classroom, I asked the kids what I did in my job. A student replied, “You’re the Super Nintendo and you are the boss of all the schools.” 

As I am finishing up my time as Super Nintendo, I will really miss all the opportunities to read to students!