Glenwood Elementary reads away the winter chill |

Glenwood Elementary reads away the winter chill

Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Students at Glenwood Springs Elementary School will have a fun and challenging way to battle cabin fever during February, with the added incentive of an extra all-school recess at the end of the month.

The school will launch its “Chill Out and Read” campaign on Feb. 2, setting forth a school-wide goal to read 4,000 books by month’s end.

“Since February is rather chilly, our reading committee decided it was a good time to chill out and find a good book and a warm place to enjoy reading,” said Paul Ferguson, a Title I reading teacher at GSES.

The reading goal translates to two books a week per student. Since the fourth and fifth graders will likely be reading longer, more difficult books, every 50 pages will count as a book for them, Ferguson said.

Some of the younger students will likely read more than two books a week, so that will also help average things out in the school’s effort to reach the 4,000-book goal, he said.

“We wanted the goal to be achievable, but we definitely wanted them to have a goal with a focus on developing a love of reading and using their imaginations,” Ferguson said.

A poster will be created for each classroom to keep track of their progress, coloring in a snowflake for each book read. The posters will be displayed in the main building so that the students can monitor their progress toward the goal.

Each week will end with a special theme day on Friday for the students who met their goal, such as silly hat day, funky sock day, bundle up with a book day and a favorite book character dress-up day.

There are also suggested reading themes on each day of the month. For instance, the kick-off day happens to be Groundhog Day, so students are encouraged to read one book twice (ala the Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day” where a local TV weatherman keeps repeating the same day over and over).

An all-school assembly that same day will invite the Glenwood Springs High School cheerleaders to help kick off the reading campaign.

Another suggested theme day will include multi-cultural day on Feb. 5, encouraging students to read about other cultures. There’s also animal day on Feb. 10, and mystery day on Feb. 11.

If at the end of the month the school has achieved its goal, there will be an extra all-school snow recess on Feb. 27.

Contact John Stroud: 384-9160

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