Lower School students collected 1,609 books for REACH during their book drive in 2015. The students are holding the drive during January 2016.

Lower School Continues reading month tradition 

January is Reading Month, and Norfolk Collegiate Lower School is celebrating with daily activities! The tradition began last year thanks to the efforts of Lower School librarian Mary Creekmore. It was such a hit that she is bringing it back this January. 

To participate, students simply need to complete at least 15 of the activities on the Reading Month calendar (download here) and have their parents sign off on the calendar. They will then need to turn in the signed calendar to Creekmore the first week in February and will get a “treat” from her for their efforts. 

“I started this last year, and plan to continue it for as long as it engages the students,” Creekmore said of the activity. “The kids seem really excited to do it again.”  

Creekmore started it as an incentive to reinforce and promote reading activities at home and school. “Of course, they (students) also get a ‘treat’ from me if they complete at least 15 of the activities, like bookmarks, finger puppets, pencils, etc.,” said Creekmore. “But it’s one way we can ‘celebrate’ reading throughout the month.” 

In conjunction with the daily activities, the Lower School SCA is also partnering with Creekmore and the library to collect gently-loved children’s books. The books will be distributed to Reading Enriches All Children, also known as REACH, which is a volunteer organization in Norfolk that supports the literacy needs of homeless and at-risk children living in shelters throughout the South Hampton Roads. The books will be used for their Growing Readers Program and the REACH room at the Children's Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth.  

Last year our students collected 1,609 books for REACH through the drive. All gently-loved, used books are due by Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. That day will also be marked with all students, faculty and staff participating in the book drive being invited to celebrate their love for reading and sharing great books by wearing jeans and a shirt with school-appropriate words on “Read My Shirt Day.” 

Dec. 2015