LEIPSIC — Leipsic Elementary School brought back a creative way for
its students to develop lifetime reading habits on Friday night at “Camp
Read-A-Lot,” as they kicked off Right to Read Week (May 12-16) with a
sleepover at the school.
The school used to host the event on an
annual basis, but it had fallen by the wayside. Third grade teacher
Jacie Eding, who grew up in Leipsic, was a new teacher in the district
“I asked another teacher, ‘Do you remember back in the
day when we used to have sleepovers at school?’ Within five minutes of
that conversation, we asked Mr. Henry if we could do this, and he
agreed,” Eding recalled.
A core group of five teachers began
planning the event in January, with the guidance of Fred Bryan, the
former elementary principal who had initiated the sleepovers in the
1980s and 90s. Many of the teachers and staff volunteered to make this
sleepover a success.
Ninety-one students in grades one through
five attended the sleepover, which was offered at no cost to the
participants. Eding said money garnered from Box Tops for Education paid
for the crafts and water. Thirty-two adults and six older elementary
students helped supervise the younger children. The children arrived at 6
p.m. Throughout the night, different activities were planned, such as
making lightning bugs out of 20 ounce bottles, making s’more snack mix,
and the much-anticipated dance party in the gymnasium.
“It’s awesome,” exclaimed second-grader Penny Sanchez. “I’m looking forward to dancing!”
course, there was plenty of reading, too, which took place in different
areas of the school. The auditeria was converted into a “campground”;
sleeping bags crowded the floor, a tent and a small “campfire” and wild
(stuffed) animals were prominently displayed on the stage.
Henry smiled as he looked around at his students.
kids like that this is not the structure of a normal school day, and
they get to see their teachers doing different activities such as
dancing,” he commented. “It gets the parents involved and gets the kids
excited about reading.”
Eding told the children that the school
has many activities planned next week to encourage a love of the skill.
Each classroom door was elaborately decorated in the camping motif.
Students and staff will have a different dress-up theme each day. An
author will visit to talk about her books. Students will be able to earn
tickets and win books that will be theirs to keep.
cheered the loudest when they learned if they accumulate 2,000 AR
(Accelerated Reader) points, Henry would get a pie in his face.
Accelerated Reader points are earned when a child reads a book then
takes an on-line test.
Henry grinned, “I think I’ll be getting pied.”