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Read-in fires imaginations

The 14th annual community read-in features community members and district officials reading favorites.

September 30, 2006|By Ani Amirkhanian

Deputy Supt. Joel Shapiro took a break from his regular duties as a school district administrator to read to students at Providencia Elementary School on Friday.

Shapiro was one of about 60 district officials, parents and community members who visited with children to read to them during the 14th Annual Community Read-In event at the school.

"You were very good listeners and you really seemed to enjoy the story," Shapiro told a roomful of first-graders.

He read the book, "Pancakes, Pancakes!" by children's author Eric Carle.

In another classroom, school board president Ted Bunch read "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs," to third-graders sitting on the carpet in their classroom.

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"It's a nice change for the students to see there is a lot of people who care for the community," said Jen Culbertson, curriculum specialist. "We like to open our doors and let the community get involved."

Parent Kathrine Berumen came to read to a third-grade class. She picked out several books, including the titles "Super Fly Guy" and "Halloween Day" to read.

"My oldest kid is in Luther [Middle School] and I've been doing this since he was in kindergarten," Berumen said. "It's fun. The kids love hearing stories from different people. They like visitors."

For Jaymee Ortiz, 6, having a visitor read to her class was good practice for her reading and listening skills.

"I read in my house like a lot of times," Jaymee said. "I try to get much more better."

Jaymee added that her favorite book is Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham."

The teachers at Providencia School engage their students in a lot of reading activities, and students participate in buddy reading, Culbertson said.

Kindergarten teacher Jackie Hofman reads at least three books to her class daily.

"I read books at school or I read when my daddy reads to me," said Yulissa Garcia, 5.

The district's students also participate in "Read Across America" in honor of Dr. Suess' birthday, which is celebrated on March 2, Culbertson said.

The event promotes reading to children in communities across the nation.

"It's a really great experience for our school," Culbertson said. "I'm so glad we get to do it."

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