Stadium Drive Elementary School welcomes guest readers

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Students lounged in Stadium Drive Elementary School's silent reading center where teachers left books for students to enjoy on May 9 during the school's Right to Read week.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .A number of doors in Stadium Drive Elementary School were decorated to match books during the school's celebration of Right to Read week on May 9.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .The hallway in Stadium Drive Elementary School was used as a silent reading corner during the school's celebration of Right to Read week.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Champion Drag Racer Ryan Martino was one of many guest readers who visited Stadium Drive Elementary School.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Drag Racer Ryan Martino read "Hot Rod Hampster" to kindergarteners at Stadium Drive Elementary School on May 9.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

Boardman’s Stadium Drive Elementary School celebrated Right to Read week with a variety guest readers.

Lisa Cooper, the school’s reading specialist, said that the school usually does a huge celebration during the week.

“We want the students to see reading everywhere, so this year we really focused on bringing in guests from a lot of different areas,” Cooper said.

On May 7, students were read “Hot Rod Hamster” by Ryan Martino, the champion drag racer.

Before the reading students were able to ask Martino questions about his profession, and how reading impacts his job.

“Reading is everywhere, it does not matter what you do reading is vital,” Cooper said. “We want to grow a love of reading in our students now.”

Earlier in the day, Nadia Strattion, a YSU Dana School of Music Alumni and Flutist, read to students. Strattion talked about reading music, and how important it is to have good reading skills. Student were also visited by guest readers from the Butler Museum of Art and Youngstown Police Officers and their K9 companions.

“My goal is to have this go on after this week,” Cooper said. “I want to kick start a love of reading in these students.”

Cooper said teachers also invited parents and grandparents of their students to read to the class.

“This whole week is just about loving books, and spending time reading them,” Cooper said.

She said that with help of the staff of Stadium Drive she was able to transform the whole school into a reading sanctuary. The main hallway in the building was transformed for the week into a silent reading area, complete with bean bags and pillows along with stacks of books for students to choose from.

Almost all of the doors in the school were decorated to match different book covers as well, Cooper said.

“It doesn’t matter where you go in the school, a student is always going to be looking at books or thinking about reading,” she said.

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