ROANOKE READING WEEK - FEB. 29-MAR. 5

On Wednesday, February 24, Roanoke Elementary School Principal Tom Payton, who is infamous for his Reading Week challenges, held an assembly to kick off Roanoke's Reading Week and support Roanoke's Book Fair. Prior to Mr. Payton's reading week challenge, Joe Shandrowski led a Reading Week Pep Rally and shared with the Roanoke students his Huga Tuga series of children's books.

After a raucous reading rally led by author Joe Shandrowski, Mr. Payton issued his challenge, "If you meet my challenge and read for 80,000 minutes (outside school) during the week," he challenged, "on Friday, March 4th, somewhere in the hallways of Roanoke, at 2:30PM, I will have a special surprise for you!"


Reading Week began with a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and a Dr. Seuss Read Aloud by Riverhead Town Council member James Wooten, followed by:

√ Dress Up as Your Favorite Book Character Day,
√ Team Up and Read Day,
√ Hats Off to Reading Day,
√Poem in Your Pocket Day


Poem in Your Pocket from Sandra Kolbo on Vimeo.

"Reading Weeks are a great vehicle to promote the love of reading and the use of the library," states Mr. Payton. "The kids love them, and I don't mind taking a pie in the face, getting a buzz cut, dressing up in a chicken costume, getting slimed or walking blindfolded through a maze of students if it helps them learn to read!"

THE ROANOKE STUDENTS REACHED AND SURPASSED THE CHALLENGE TO READ 80,000 MINUTES? They read 85,000 minutes outside of class.

OKAY, kids and parents--READ, READ, AND READ SOME MORE.