Aledo ISD elementary campuses participated in the Aledo Reads event on Nov. 22 where each school dedicated the day to fun reading activities.
“Aledo Reads is a celebration of reading and supports our district instructional focus on literacy,” AISD Instructional Technology Specialist Melissa Quisenberry said. “While we have had some campuses hold literacy celebrations in the past, this is the inaugural year for all five of our elementary campuses to host Aledo Reads.”
The event featured stories read by special guests, including parents, grandparents, community members and AISD teachers and staff.
“I just think reading empowers and the fun ways they’ve been able to read, along with pajama day, makes a huge difference in [students’] lives,” Coder Elementary School Principal Amy Sadler said. “Coder had done this for many years, but then stopped for a few, but this is the first year that we’re doing Aledo Reads where all the schools are doing it.”
One of the special guest readers was first-year Coder Elementary teacher and published author Lindsay Wright.
“It’s really fun to get to do what I love, what I dreamed of doing, and also to be a teacher at the same time. Those are two things that I wanted to do, so getting to combine them [Friday] is a dream day,” Wright said. “I think it’s important to tell the kids they can be anything, it doesn’t matter where you grow up and to just keep going. I heard no a lot before I got published and so now I’m just getting to share my experiences with kids all over the place.”
Wright’s book, “Allie G. Plain Ears” is about conquering fears.
“It’s just about a little girl who is scared to get her ears pierced and faces that fear, but I want the kids to know that it’s not about cosmetics, it’s about your fears and no matter what, you just can’t quit,” Wright said. “When we moved, I put this little adventure on hold until we were all settled into our new home. I was so excited when the school welcomed us with open arms and asked me to be the guest author for #AledoReads day.”
Sadler said it was neat to have parents come out and read to students and they are lucky to have Wright on their staff.
“I think it’s really neat that parents come and read because the kids get to see that their own parents love reading and enjoy doing it, so we’re excited about being able to do that,” Sadler said. “And to have Lindsay Wright as an author here at Coder, we’re very lucky. She has started another book of Allie Gwen, which is based on her daughter, and she’s about to get braces in it, so we’re really excited about that.’
The importance of literacy was spread throughout the district and students also participated in STEAM activities inspired by their favorite books.
“It was so much fun sharing this story and the process of publishing with everyone,” Wright said. “Getting to share what I love with the kiddos that I have so quickly grown to love, while in my PJs, made for the perfect day. I can’t wait to continue #growinggreatness with this community.”
Quisenberry said the event is a great opportunity to engage students.
“In Aledo ISD we understand the importance of literacy and helping to develop a love of reading in every student,” Quisenberry said. “We see Aledo Reads as a great opportunity for students to engage in a variety of literacy activities designed to inspire and ignite a passion for reading.”