A big day for Read-a-thon at Hopewell

Hopewell Public School welcomed CBC's All In A Day host Brent Bambury to the school to do readings with the grade 8s (Life of Pi, Call of the Wild and Yukon Quest) as part of the Precious Minds Read-a-thon.

Epah Fonkeng -- African Folklorist -- came and entertained over 300 children with wonderful stories from his two books -- Under the Baobab Tree. What an entertainer he is! He assumed funny voices for all the characters; he had our grade 1 to grade 6 kids laughing and listening for an hour. It was a great morning at our school -- and once again I was smiling, proud to be part of such a terrific program.

We have local poet Susan Atkinson coming Thursday to do a poetry workshop with grade 5s (she is also doing grades 1 and 2 at different times). Ottawa Author JC Sulzenko is back at Hopewell again this year doing her very popular writer's workshops with grade 3 students as well as grades 7 and 8 students. And professional storyteller Katherine Grier is leading storytelling workshops with our Junior Division students. This week we launched a brand new read-a-thon activity for Hopewell -- a morning announcements contest -- specific readings geared to different divisions. Students have to guess title of the book and author with a prize draw planned for next week.

The highlight of our last week is Bring a Book for Hopewell Day -- a day when our school community is encouraged to donate a new or used book to our Library. Last time we did this we received over 1000 books!

So this year we are going to share the "wealth" with our partner school, downtown's Centennial School, and see if we can't bring something new to their bookshelves. We are a reading machine over at Hopewell -- the children are reading like crazy! Parents stop me in the halls and playground to thank me for doing this ... they tell me that their kids are reading up a storm! So it's already a great success because our kids are reading more than ever.

Nancy Bickford