This year’s 2015 Summer Reading Marathon book selection is the 2014 Newbery Medal winning Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.
Our 3rd Annual Summer Reading Marathon Night started off with a live Skype call with the book’s author, Ms Kate DiCamillo. Students had the opportunity to ask her questions about her writing, books, and comics! Ms DiCamillo kicked off our marathon with the magic words, “Let the Reading Begin!”
Next, our PS 32 reader teams ran around the school to participate in fun literacy-based games and events – Poetics App Haiku, One Word per Team Member Poetry Creation, Kate DiCamillo Concentration, The Flora and Ulysses Obstacle Course, Team Recreation of Ulysses’ Epilogue Poem (from the book).
Ms DiCamillo taking questions from a PS 32 student. We have lots of questions!
Each completed event ended with a reading by the team leader until it was time to move on to the next station. We stopped mid-marathon to feast on Flora and Ulysses-themed snacks like pizza, cheesy poofs, and doughnuts (no sardine-peanut butter sandwiches, thanks). At the end of the night, each student participant went home with a Ulysses 2000x vacuum bag filled with books! Check out our 2015 Summer Reading Marathon Kick Off Night picture gallery
Before the end of the school-year, each student at PS 32 will go home with a copy of Flora and Ulysses to read. This book is also our 4th Annual Summer Reading Book Club selection. Over the summer, our PS 32 community will be sharing thoughts, questions, and experiences with the book using our online VoiceThread Site.
Thank you to Mr Marcus (our school librarian), the school staff, The Good Shepherd Services volunteer staff, and the PTA volunteers for putting on a fun filled night for our PS 32 community!
Let the Reading Begin!
Funding for the event was provided by PTA of PS 32