Primary Principal Ann Taylor said she was very pleased with the turnout. She said that about the same number of children and parents showed up as last year, although there were plenty of new faces. She was happy to see so many young children excited about reading. Although most of the students were in either in kindergarten, first or second grade, there were also a few students who attend the school’s preschool. Teacher Penny Stallons sat at the registration table as the families arrived. She said that more than 65 students had come to the event, including 23 kindergartners.
As parents gathered in the school’s science and social studies lab to listen to guest speaker Kelly Gates of Hopkinsville’s Pembroke Elementary, first and second grade students gathered in the library. While they were there they picked books off a table to read, some alone and some in small groups. After each book, they proceeded to the library computer room, where they took Accelerated Reader tests, meant to check their comprehension. At the beginning, a group of students flocked into a side room where first teacher Tina Lane read aloud to them. After she was finished, the kids quickly scampered to the computers, where they were assisted in logging on for the tests.
“Miss Lane, Miss Lane, I need help!” several of the 20 children eagerly shouted at once as Lane hurried to help them as quickly as she could.
While most of the first graders didn’t have much experience with the AR tests, the second grade students were all pros. The Cadiz Record spoke to several second grade girls as they chose their second or third books of the evening. Madison Blakely said she reads a lot on her own and was having fun attending the event with her parents for the second time. Bayley Calhoun and Elizabeth Redd said they had also been there when they in first grade.
“It’s kind of like school, but you get to wear pajamas,” Redd said.
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