Germantown, Tennessee—October 20, 2018—On a Saturday several teachers and parent volunteers organized to put on a new family event aimed at getting kids to read. The event was called Riverdale Camp Read S’more and was themed around camping, campfires and the delectable treat that shares the same name.
"We want our students to foster a love of reading,” said Riverdale Elementary School Assistant Principal Pam White. She and co-organizer Gina Whitsell are planning several community events centered around the simple theme of encouraging reading for the fun of reading. “Parents set up campers in front of the school, tents in the multi-purpose room, and of course, several fire pits set up for s'mores,” said White.
The camp was truly a community effort to begin this journey. K-5 teachers displayed a poster outside their classrooms to share the book they’re currently reading. Students can make a comment or add it to their “to read” list.
Classrooms were set up as part of the rotation. Students were introduced to a new book through read alouds and fun activities. Each student in attendance went home with that book in their hands.
The library was set up as parent resource room for tips about how to encourage a love of reading at home while teachers told stories in tents. Students rotated through stations which also included a stop with music teacher Brent Hopper who led the students in some traditional campfire songs.
“It was a great day for families and we are so thankful for all of the volunteers that helped make it possible,” said White.
Meanwhile, a new reading nook was installed in the Riverdale library. It was built by the talented and former RES principal Dave Carlisle. The funding for the project was donated by Choate’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. Dogwood Elementary School also had a Carlisle Reading Nook installed this fall.