Saturday, June 11, 2011
By SARAH FOOR
From May 16 to 20, the teachers at Dobbins Elementary implored their students to get their minds popping. For Ohio’s Right to Read Week, the students celebrated literacy with a week of popcorn-themed fun, where every Dobbins student was asked to “Pop Open a Good Book.”
The halls of the school were decorated with photos of the popped kernels in giant movie-size containers. Each classroom wrote the names of the books they read during Right to Read Week on large kernels and their favorite books on small kernels, and the piles of popcorn outside many of the classrooms were overflowing by the end of the week.
Each day that week, a grade level was invited into the Dobbins activity room for free reading time and a snack of real, buttery popcorn to eat.
On May 19, the school’s fourth-graders settled in the activity room to enjoy some reading.
That day, Sarah Butch and Marlie McConnell each started reading Beverly Cleary books for the first time.
Cara Maze and Emily Masluk learned about the unique mummification process of Egyptian pharaohs.
“Did you know that they pulled the insides out through their nose with a big hook? That is really gross,” Maze shared with Masluk, as they both learned something new.
Principal Cheryl Borovitcky has a great passion for teaching literacy and hopes the week offered some new ideas to her students.
“Sometimes, students forget how fun it is to just sit down and read a book. We hope the students remember to pause for a few moments and revel in learning something new,” she shared.