Let’s Read S’more


John F. Kennedy students and staff enjoy camp-themed activities during Reading Week

Physical education teacher Roger Telsey (far right) joins students after reading the book Our Great Big Backyard at the Campfire Share during JFK Reading Week.

From Nov. 14–18, elementary students at the John F. Kennedy School celebrated the building’s annual Reading Week with this year’s theme, “Camp JFK Reads S’more.” The week included a variety of camp-themed activities and special guests to promote a love for reading.

From the left; JFK library media specialist Andrea Gerstenblatt, Principal Ron Gimondo, Assistant Principal Ai-Huei Chang-Lau, and art teacher Jesus Modesto. (Contributed photo)

One of the highlights of Reading Week was the Campfire Share activity, where classes gathered together around a “campfire” in the school gymnasium to hear read-alouds led by Assistant Principal Ai-Huei Chang-Lau and Coach Roger Telsey. Students also enjoyed read-alouds by mystery readers – including parents and teachers – who visited classes throughout the week to share their favorite books.

Additional Reading Week activities included decorating Camp JFK t-shirts, reading in pajamas on Pajama Day, and guest author visits. Two acclaimed children’s book authors/illustrators spoke with students about their processes for developing creative stories and powerful illustrations. Students in prekindergarten through second grade were treated to an assembly with author/illustrator David Biedrzycki, while third through fifth-grade students met with author/illustrator Chris Soentpiet.

Fourth graders in Michele Garbien and Kelly Rosario’s (far right)class enjoy a visit from a mystery reader during JFK Reading Week.

Reading Week is an annual event at Kennedy School to support literacy initiatives and develop the students’ love of reading. Activities are coordinated by a Reading Week committee led by Andrea Gerstenblatt, library media specialist.

—Submitted by the Great Neck Public School District

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