Whispered ooh’s and ahh’s filled the gym of Belmont Elementary School yesterday, as author Barbara Reid’s tales entertained students during the second annual Literacy Day.
“Reading can make your imagination grow,” said Carter Biggam, a Belmont student who was wowed by the imagination and creativity of the Canadian author. “It could help you later on if someone asked you to write a book for them.”
He and about 300 other students enjoyed learning about aspects of reading and writing like glyphs (mathematical literacy), scrapbooking, and storytelling along with Reid during the fun-filled day.
Through a partnership, Horse Hill Elementary principal Debbie Gawlick and Belmont principal Dennis Kuchta aimed to show students that they can develop careers out of their writing skills.
In the future, Kuchta hopes that the students get excited about what they are writing.
“Our school focus is literacy,” said Kuchta. “It’s a good opportunity for them to see that writing is important.”