Our school sponsored a pumpkin decorating contest based on a book character. I volunteered to be in charge this year and decided to give classrooms who participated books as prizes.
Two entries were drawn as the top winners: one sixth grade class and one first grade class.
As I started to look at the books I had for sixth grade, I realized I had enough books for each student in the grade level to take home. When kids have their own books, they are more likely to identify themselves as readers. I wanted each of them to feel special! Mrs. Clutter, their LA teacher, said they were so excited to receive them.
Today in my mailbox, a stack of cards were there for me. I’m touched! Their words mean so much to me. I didn’t even know they really cared.
Those words made me sit back. I’m so touched by his little analogy. “And you make them smile.” This young man was a former student I worked with. He’s growing in his literacy skills, but what matters most is that he sees himself as a reader.
Wow! Just wow!