The last week of school, we were able to celebrate with all students who reached their AR goals for three out of the four nine weeks. This year, I decided to change things up a bit. Thanks to Graceland Bounce in Hinesville, we got an amazing discount on three inflatable stations for the reading stars. The first was a 25 ft. high water slide with a pool. The second was an all-sports activity center where students could bounce while playing basketball, football, and of course some "boxing." The third was my favorite-an inflatable pool with HAMSTER BALLS! How fun! Students were able to get snacks, drinks, and listen to music while chilling out on the field. To end our afternoon, we had a good old-fashioned water balloon fight between the grade levels. I may have been the coach for the sixth grade team, but I think they won...I'm not biased in the least. The students had a blast. The teachers volunteering had a blast. I had a blast. Next year will definitely have to see a second annual end-of-the-year water day!
All fun aside, I am seriously proud of our students. Not only did over 200 students reach their goal for the year, but that was an increase of over 50 students from the previous year. STAR reading levels increased as well. Our teachers worked hard proving support in the classroom, our library provided support and encouragement outside the classroom, and we had a very supportive administration. Next year, I hope to see more parent involvement!
Reading enthusiast and technology innovator