Today, we had such a fun time at Denton Avenue Elementary School in New Hyde Park.
The students got a chance to enjoy activities, receive prizes, speak with one of Scholastic’s wonderful authors and even meet some familiar characters from books we all know and love.
Denton Avenue School was one of the many stops the Scholastic RV will be making. Throughout the summer, the RVs will visit 50 U.S. cities and towns nationwide, traveling more than 10,000 miles to spread the message about the importance of summer reading to kids. Families and communities can track the RVs, find local events, and visit the tour schedule here: http://scholastic.com/summerroadtrip. Follow the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip live on social media via @Scholastic and #SummerReading.
When we arrived we were greeted by the friendly staff of Scholastic. They were engaging with all of the kids and parents who were attending this “pop-up”reading event. There were numerous activities to enjoy.
The kids could try and draw some popular book characters such as, Rocket Dog. They were given creative coloring pages where they could finish a comic book story or create their own doughnut from Please, Mr. Panda.
The kids really seemed to enjoy the green screen. At the green screen the kids were able to pose with however many of their friends as they liked with some of the fun props. They had three different poses that were then turned into a fun short video with either Clifford or Dogman.
There was a prize wheel and great giveaways, too!
One of the Giveaways was a matching hat with ears similar to Clifford the Big Red Dog or to Geronimo Stilton. And, let’s not forget that both characters were at the event, too. The kids were hugging and giving high-fives to these beloved book characters. My daughter and niece could not be more excited to see the characters, too.
We were even excited just to see some of our favorites on the Scholastic RV or as a cardboard stand-up.
Tracey West was the author visiting the school today and is one of the authors on the Scholastic RV Road Trip. Tracey West is the author of the Pokémon chapter books and the Dragon Masters book series.
Tracey was wonderful engaging with the kids and answering their questions about being an author and of course, her books.
I am very excited to read her Dragon Masters books with my daughter who is going to be 6 years old, as it is part of the Scholastic Branches series. The Scholastic Branches series are early chapter books for newly independent readers that have illustrations on every page. The stories are action packed and have very cool characters in them. Visit: www.scholastic.com/branches to read more.
I loved this event for so many reasons. It was fun and engaging for all who attended and most of all it got kids excited about reading.
It was really nice speaking with the PTA PARP chair, Audrey Chiang. She was so happy that this event was occurring at the school because Denton Avenue Elementary was the 5th highest school in the nation with the amount of summer reading minutes they did last summer. That is incredible and I was so proud to be there.
Denton Avenue Elementary will try and beat the record number of points read again this summer!
I wish them the best of luck and I know they can do it. What a wonderful school it is.
While I was at the event there was over 32 million minutes already read and recorded on the Happy Camper website from all the individuals already participating from every school.
Want to know more about the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge?
To keep kids reading all summer, parents, educators, libraries, and community partners can sign up kids for the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free, global, online, and mobile reading program designed to help kids turn the “summer slide”—the learning loss which can occur over the summer months—into a “summer leap” by discovering the power and joy of reading for fun.
Starting, May 8th, and throughout the summer, kids can log their reading minutes and unlock digital rewards. At the end of the summer, the school in each U.S. state, territory, and in the District of Columbia that has logged the most reading minutes will be given the title “Best in State” and will be featured in the 2018 Scholastic Book of World Records. In addition, special recognition will be given to the top five libraries and community partner organizations nationwide with the most minutes read. Families can visit the site to access free resources, including free summer reading book lists across all ages in both English and Spanish. The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is available for free at www.scholastic.com/summer.