Literacy Fair highlights love of reading |

Literacy Fair highlights love of reading

Student bookworms united in a love of all things literary at Meneley's first-ever Literacy Fair last week.

The elementary school's staff developed the event to "provide students the opportunity to present their favorite book in a 'fair' atmosphere" and to encourage and support students' love of reading. Participants created a display board that highlighted a favorite fiction or nonfiction book of their choosing.

"The only request was that students select a book that they are passionate about," said event coordinator and fifth-grade teacher Sherrie Higgins.

Rubrics were provided to outline elements to be incorporated into the book boards. Nonfiction elements included: predictions before reading, text structure, genre and a summary of what was learned and how it affected the reader. Fiction board elements included: main characters, plot summary, conflict and resolution, and the author's purpose to either entertain, inform, or persuade.

All students in third- through fifth-grade participated; pre-K through second grade students were invited to submit an entry if they so wished. Book display boards could be presented by individuals or teams and more than 320 children submitted projects to the fair.

Their efforts were celebrated at an evening reception held May 10 from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees mingled among the rows of boards and were treated to a live poetry reading in the library. Student poets who read original works were: Nate Bailey, Josh Baird, Kassidy Courtney, London Hamilton, Megan Kelly, Makaila King, Taytum Lind, Destiny Peck, Hailey Peterson, Delilah Standing and Amanda Warren. The a.m. and p.m. preschool classes recited "The Itsy Bitsy Spider."

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This was the first in what organizers hope will become an annual event.

"CCMES is a community of learners. Everyone from the students to the custodians, secretaries, teachers, judges, site and district office administration, volunteers, and families all came forward to offer support and help. This event wouldn't have happened without them," said Higgins.

Looking out over the sea of projects, Higgins said, "This is all for the kids. They took such pride in their work." Overjoyed by the evening's success, she said, "I'm going to go to bed tonight thinking about their shining faces."

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