Austintown celebrates literacy on World Read Aloud Day

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Neighbors | Submitted.Classrooms at Austintown Intermediate School spent Feb. 1 reading books, celebrating their favorite books and raising awareness for literacy celebrating World Read Aloud Day.


Neighbors | Submitted.Austintown Intermediate School students held up their favorite books for World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 1, where students spent the day celebrating their love of reading and their favorite things to read.


Neighbors | Submitted.Students at Austintown Intermediate School dressed up as their favorite characters from books Feb. 1 in celebration of World Read Aloud Dat.


Neighbors | Submitted.Austintown Intermediate School students Ava Swesey, Mikey Vlaiku, Sydney Vorell dressed as Thing One, The Cat and the Hat and Thing Two, respectively, to celebrate World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 1.


Neighbors | Submitted.Teachers Terri Rasor and Teresa Lord dressed up as the Cat and the Hat and Mr. Morris Lessmore, celebrating their favorite books for World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 1.


Austintown Intermediate School celebrated national World Read Aloud Day on Feb. 1.

All classrooms in the building participated by using teaching activities that involve reading, including inviting volunteers from the community to come read to students.

“In an age of technology where kids can read on tablets and everything like that, here they are actually talking about books and recommending them to one another, and just having fun reading,” said Teacher Teresa Lord.

Lord said her class has a number of activities planned to celebrate World Read Aloud Day.

“We asked the kids to dress as their favorite character in literature,” Lord said. “Then they had to recommend the book to somebody else and say what the character does.”

Along with dressing up, students create book covers for books to hang in the hallways and presented on their favorite books during class.

Lord added that a number of guest speakers visited the school to read to students.

Austintown community members, former teachers and even representatives from the school board visited to read children their favorite books.

Austintown Fitch High School students also volunteered time during the day to visit AIS and celebrate with students.

“They are just having fun with it,” Lord said. “Just to see them encouraging the love of reading. I know that it’s corny but it’s true.”

Lord, along with her teaching partner, math teacher Terri Rasor, both dressed as their favorite literary characters for the day.

Lord dressed as Mr. Morris Lessmore from the “Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” and Rasor dressed as the cat in “The Cat and The Hat” by Dr. Seuss.

“You help the children know that we are here in school and everyone has a story, and the value of books,” Lord said.

The tradition of celebrating World Read Aloud Day in Austintown has a long history, according to Lord.

She said that the old Woodside Elementary School was chosen by the state about a decade ago as a designated school by the program.

“They brought the professional ‘Cat and the Hat’ in. It was so cool that out of all of the schools in the country we were chosen,” Lord said.

The tradition remains alive thanks to the support of the Austintown Intermediate principal team, according to Lord.

“The principals are so supportive. They basically said, ‘This is a day to celebrate reading, have guests come in, have community members, have parents,’” Lord said. “Where it’s not like you have to get the standard done or check this off, just embrace it.”

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