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Hilltoppers know reading is sweet

Published: Fri, June 9, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Hilltop Elementary School was transformed into a sugar lovers paradise to celebrate Right to Read Week, with the theme “Reading is Sweet,“ which included a giant Candyland game created in the gym for the students to play.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A group of Hilltop Elementary School third-grade students sat at the reading station in the gym after playing giant Candyland, while celebrating the school’s annual Right to Read Week with the theme “Reading is Sweet” on May 9.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Two Hilltop Elementary School third-grade students played Candyland on a giant ‘game board’ created in the gym to kick the school’s Right to Read Week, with the theme “Reading is Sweet,” on May 9.



To celebrate Right to Read Week, Hilltop Elementary School was transformed into a sugar-lovers paradise with the theme of “Reading is Sweet” on May 8-12.

The lobby, hallways and classrooms were decorated with lollipops, M&M’s, candy kisses, ice cream cones and wrapped candy, which the teachers and students created.

As part of the Right to Read Week activities, the students participated in the CHRISTIE Campaign. During the month of April, students accepted donations based on a reading goal they set for themselves. The money collected will be used to purchase books for patients at Akron Children’s Hospital - Mahoning Valley. They will be given to patients during admits and outpatient treatments. Each book will contain a label that states the book was donated by the children of Hilltop Elementary as part of their CHRISTIE Campaign.

To kick off the week, a giant Candyland game was set up in the gym on May 8-9. Third-grade teacher Marie Rupert, along with committee members kindergarten teacher Meaghan Manning, kindergarten teacher Mackenzie Thomas, special education teacher Hannah Snyder and intervention specialist Chelsea Kriebel, created the game for the students to play.

When the students came into the gym, there were three stations for them to visit. One was the Candyland game, at which an electronic spinner told the students how many squares to move until they got to the end. A second station was set up so students could read books, and a third station was set up where students could get a popsicle as a sweet treat.

“The students are enjoying our Candyland. It’s a good way to tie in reading with the day’s activities. With the end of the school year coming soon, it’s a nice memory for them to have. They really enjoy it and it ties into our reading in class and our ELA courses,” Rupert said.

Mystery Readers also read each morning on the announcements, leaving the students guessing who they are all day. The mystery reader was divulged at the end of the day.

Hilltoppers also celebrated Right to Read Week by showing their spirit each day of the week. Monday was Reading is Sweet, during which students were encouraged to dress in a shirt to support their favorite sweet treat; Tuesday was Team up With a Good Book, during which students could wear their favorite team shirt; Wednesday was Reading Gives You Character, during which students could dress as their favorite book character; Thursday was Read to Succeed, during which students were encouraged to dress for the job they want to have when they grow up and Friday was Sock it to a Good Book, during which students could wear silly socks.

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