by Randy Northrup, 5th Grade Teacher
Students from Nursery through Grade 5 gathered in the Curtis Performance Center (CPC) for a Read-A-Thon Kick-off. Mrs. Michelle Feiss, Head of Lower School, noticed all sorts of camping equipment on the stage and, along with the students, figured that AC mascot, Wolfie, was up to something.
Sure enough, Wolfie shared that he was missing all the fun he had at Camp Howl-A-Lot last summer and was trying to recreate the experience. After talking about all of the fun activities he enjoyed at camp, Wolfie asked what students at AC like to do.
Mrs. Feiss explained that two of the things AC Lower School students like to do, READ and HELP OTHERS, were why they were gathered. She explained that our students can read for 100 minutes on May 10th to raise money to support literacy activities at AC Summer LEAP. Ms. Lindsey Brown, Director of Summer LEAP, shared information about Summer LEAP, a six-week academic and character education initiative that provides students in grades K-5 from School No. 17 in the Rochester City School District with an opportunity to continue to strengthen their reading and math skills during the summer months.
Wolfie returned with a great idea. Why don’t we call this Camp Read-A-Lot and read together in camping fashion because reading is “in tents!”? Wolfie signed Mrs. Feiss up as Camp Director with her own ranger hat.
Just as Wolfie wondered whether the students would be able to find enough books to read, the AC Reading Fairy, Ms. Amanda Gianinny, showed up via video to share an inspiring song.
With everyone in the mood to sing, Ms. Lynn Grossman and Ms. Linsay Alexander taught the students a “Camp Read-A-Lot Song” in a rousing sing-along. Wolfie will be sending messages to students at lunch to keep up the enthusiasm.
Families and friends are invited to sponsor students per minute, as the Lower School children will read and participate in reading activities for ONE HUNDRED MINUTES. Pledging is not required for students to participate in this fun activity. Pledge forms must be returned to your child’s homeroom teacher by Monday, April 8th.
Richard NorthrupRandy, a fifth-grade teacher currently, always knew that he would teach. He has been in the field of education for 40 years and at Allendale Columbia School for 36 years. Randy holds both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Education from the College at Brockport. He is the father of four AC "Lifers" (Kaitlin '99, Zachary '01, Gus '03, and Hannah '05). He was the David M. Pynchon Chair in the Visual and Performing Arts in 1999.
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