Orr Elementary School Principal Tara Hinton and Assistant Principal Steven Ladd enjoy reading so much that they spent the day literally reading to students from the rooftop. The pair participated recently in the 2016 Pizza Hut “Book It!” program that celebrates National Young Readers Week. The theme for the week was “Reading Our Hearts Out.”
Since 1989, National Young Readers Week has been an annual event held during the second week of November to raise awareness around the importance of reading. The event was co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. “Book It!” challenges principals across the country to become shining examples for literacy by choosing one day to read their heart out all day long, from the first bell to the last, during National Young Readers Week. Principals have risen to the challenge over the last several years, reading everywhere from hallways and playgrounds to rooftops, on their chosen school day.
Ms. Hinton and Mr. Ladd took turns reading to students from the rooftop the entire day. Pre-K through fifth grade classes came out to the courtyard during their library time to listen to them read fun books such as Dr. Seuss' Oh The Places You Will Go!, Laura Numeroff's If You Take a Mouse to School, books from Jane Yolen's How do Dinosaurs series and more.
“We had so much fun with the Book It! Challenge,” Mr. Ladd said. “The focus for the day was to spark a love for reading within our student body. Students laughed, made connections, predictions, and came up with alternative story lines of their own.”
“Mr. Ladd and I both took the challenge and read our hearts out from 7:50 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. from atop of the school’s roof,” Ms. Hinton said. “Reading from the rooftop was certainly a new adventure, but then again, learning is always fun and new at Orr Elementary School.”