Students throughout the Lynbrook Public Schools learned more about the district’s 2019 Summer Reading Program with pep rallies facilitated by Allison Curran, elementary curriculum coordinator. The reading program promotes literacy during the summer months while school is out and is open to all students in grades K-12.
During the pep rally, students watched an engaging video created by staff members which featured students singing a reading-inspired version of the song “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5. Mrs. Curran asked the students what their summer reading plans were and discussed various options. This year, elementary school students were asked to complete a survey on their favorite books which were then sorted and placed in a summer reading brochure. The brochure provides a list of recommended book titles for students to explore, based on student feedback from the survey and can be found here
To keep an open dialogue between students on what they are reading over the summer months, Mrs. Curran spoke about the video sharing platform, Flipgrid, which the district will be utilizing throughout the summer. Students can create videos about the book or books they are reading and what their thoughts are. Other students can comment on the videos, reply with their own video, take a picture or click a simple “like” button to show feedback. To fully understand the Flipgrid platform, student volunteers showed their peers how it works during the pep rally.
Mrs. Curran also encouraged the students to join “The Wild Robot” Book Club at the Lynbrook Public Library. This districtwide book club encourages all participants in grades K-12 to read “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown and gather at the library on Aug. 27 to discuss the book. Other summer reading options include participating in the Scholastic Read-A-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge and exploring library summer programs in the area.