Literacy celebrated with Author Visits and Poetry Assembly
Vernon and Roosevelt Schools marked National Read Across America this month by inviting children’s authors to speak to students about their books. The discussions were coordinated by Vernon’s Library Media Specialist Ms. Christine Parente and Roosevelt’s Library Media Specialist Ms. Roseann Davidson.
At Roosevelt, author Ms. Joan Kaufman, who happens to be the mother-in-law of Roosevelt teacher Ms. Kim Kaufman, shared her book Wrong Way Reis, with students in pre-K through grade 2. Reis, a goose, is responsible for leading his flock in their migration south, but is he able to do it? Holding a stuffed goose, Ms. Kaufman referred to a tri-fold display of Reis’ flight and how, with determination and perseverance, he problem-solved to ultimately find his way.
During two assemblies at Vernon, author Ms. Christine Ieronimo discussed her book, A Thirst for Home: A Story of Water Across the World. The documentary sheds light on the lack of clean drinking water in Ethiopia. The book was inspired by the daughter she adopted in Ethiopia, whom she found drinking water from a puddle in her driveway when they returned home. Ms. Ieronimo said in Ethiopia, 65 percent of the population lives every day without clean or safe drinking water. She described the village where she adopted her daughter, which had no running water and where girls, instead of going to school, have to walk several times a day to get water for their families. She said it is estimated that girls around the world spend 200 million hours a day collecting water, some walking for miles, which keeps them out of school. Ms. Ieronimo demonstrated with students what it is like to carry a water jug in Africa by attaching an empty water jug to a student’s back. She read parts of her book and shared the following video with the students https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krSAt0txGik.
Vernon students also got a jump on celebrating National Poetry Month, which takes place every April, when Poetry Live! presented an assembly for 5th and 6th grade students. The presenters, simply dressed in black, delivered an animated performance of such poems as Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. With student participation, they also recited the works of Shakespeare and poems with sports themes.
Author Joan Kaufman discusses her book, Wrong Way Reis, as daughter-in-law and Roosevelt teacher Ms. Kim Kaufman pretends to be the Statue of Liberty, a landmark in the story.
Author Ms. Christine Ieronimo discusses her book, A Thirst for Home: A story of Water Across the World, with Vernon students.
Ms. Ieronimo demonstrates with students what it is like to carry a water jug in Africa by attaching an empty water jug to a student’s back.
Vernon students take part in an assembly by Poetry Live!