Lower School Celebrates 16th Annual I Love to Read Week
Categories: General, Lower School
Posted: 10/31/2017


Whitefield Academy’s Lower School once again celebrated a favorite tradition among students, parents, and teachers October 23-31. The “I Love to Read Week” activities and red wagon parade are a highlight of the fall semester each year for the PreK4 through fourth-grade students. 

“I Love to Read Week” was established when the Lower School was first established at Whitefield Academy in the 2002-2003 school year as a special event to highlight the importance of reading for all children. Now in its 16th year, the celebration and parade is a significant, memorable event for our young students as they grow to love reading and books. As Lower School Librarian Lynn Handley noted, “There is no greater gift one can give children than to help them develop a love of reading. It will carry them to lifelong success.”

This year's I Love to Read Week events included a book fair at Barnes & Noble benefitting the Lower School library, character story readings by Mother Goose (aka Vesta Jones), a guest presentation by children’s book illustrator Michael White (known for his illustrations in “The Library Dragon,” “Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day,” and “Martina the Beautiful Cockroach,” among others), and D.E.A.R. - “Drop Everything and Read” - time in each classroom.

On October 27, each of the 16 PreK4 through fourth-grade classes dressed in costumes that depicted their selected class book as they paraded alongside their class "float" (a red wagon), which was equally decorated in keeping with their book’s theme. Costumes and float decorations were made in the art classes, and many parents enjoyed helping outfit and dress these “characters.” All Lower School students participated in the parade. Members of the WolfPack Marching Band drumline provided the beat, adding to the festive atmosphere of the event, while the Middle and Upper School students cheered on the younger students and reminisced about their own days of walking in the parade!