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Committed to Reading Day conducted at BBES

ina Towers, Coordinator of Professional Development and Curriculum, reads to BBES students during the day of reading commitment on May 16. |Clif Knight
ina Towers, Coordinator of Professional Development and Curriculum, reads to BBES students during the day of reading commitment on May 16. | Clif Knight

Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

 

Barkley Bridge Elementary School students have pledged to spend 360 minutes working on a Summer Interest Based Learning project this summer.

The pledge was made by a show of hands at a Committed to Reading Day assembly in the gym on Mon., May 16.

Instead of committing to reading a specified number of books, students will choose a subject of special interest and spend a minimum of 360 minutes learning all they can about it before school resumes next August.

Those meeting the challenge will be eligible to have their names drawn to serve as members of one of six winning teams. ´Each team will be allowed to play a mean trick on a teacher, such as squirting he or she with ice cream and chocolate syrup or giving her a complete makeover.

The school’s 20th anniversary was emphasized during the assembly.

In welcoming readers and guests, principal Susan Hayes noted that several of this year’s readers have a working history at the school over the past 20 years. Later, she and former principal Richard Gurley unveiled a commemorative quilt that was made from T-shirts reflecting the schools history. She said it would be hung in the library and later become one of the historic artifacts to be displayed on a hallway wall.

Readers with ties to the school included Dr. Anne Knowlton, Charlotte Riddlehoover, Lori Jackson, Sherry Rahm, Leesia Johnson, Beverly Spurlin, Melanie Holland, Ed Land, Megan Smith, Dr. Franklin Penn and Wanda Thompson. Superintendent Dr. Vic Wilson, Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Dee Dee Jones and Tina Towers, coordinator of curriculum and professional development. Senior Haley Hargett and Eric Stephenson represented Hartselle High School.

Ms. Rahm led students and guests in the singing of the National Anthem and music teacher Greg Pearcy led in the singing of “Happy Birthday” to the school.

Following the assembly, students gathered in small groups on the school grounds and listened to readings from selected, age-appropriate library books. Groups alternated from one reading station to the next over a two-hour period.

Reading coach Cindy Hagemann said the school’s Committed to Reading program has achieved big results since it was introduced seven years ago.

“We want the students to read during the summer so they don’t lose any reading skills.
Hagemann said. “We also know they can progress several steps in reading development when they do that.”

“I hope you’ll learn new things and do things will help change the world,” Hayes told the students.

 

 

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