Educators say that March is Reading Month is a key tool in helping to promote literacy in  young students, such as those at Roseville’s Kment Elementary School, pictured.

Educators say that March is Reading Month is a key tool in helping to promote literacy in young students, such as those at Roseville’s Kment Elementary School, pictured.

Photo provided by Joe Genest


Roseville Community Schools celebrates March is Reading Month

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 28, 2020

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ROSEVILLE — March is Reading Month, and school districts across the United States are putting in extra effort to encourage literacy in their students.

This includes Roseville Community Schools, which has a variety of programs going on throughout the month to show kids how fun and important reading can be.

“Every school always does their own theme and has events going on related to that theme,” said Joe Genest, the Roseville Community Schools spokesperson. “In particular, they have a lot of guest readers coming in to read books to the students.”

Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski noted that the initiative involves not just students.

“March is Reading Month is a great opportunity for our whole community to rally around the importance of reading,” he said. “It is a good reminder for students and families that reading at home all year is such a vital part of the success of a student learning and loving to read.”

The district’s elementary schools are each taking their own approaches to celebrate March is Reading Month.

“At Kaiser (Elementary School) for March is Reading Month, our students voted on a sports theme, thus our slogan, Get In The Game and READ!,” Kaiser Elementary Project Challenge Instructor Nancy Gitter said in an email. “Students will receive a calendar of activities to complete at home all month. Students who return it signed by a parent or guardian will receive Hungry Howie’s and 7-Eleven coupons, and be in a raffle for a free book or sports ball.”

Gitter said the school will have many guest readers this month, plus a visit from a husband and wife who are both authors March 10.

Huron Park Elementary School will have a tent adventure set up in its gym.

“On March 31, we are having the author Misty Provencher here at Huron Park,” Principal Donna Ambrose said in an email. “She will be meeting with all grade levels and has written a book that was just published for the occasion. She has featured me in her book. The story takes place in Mrs. Ambrose’s class. The book is titled, ‘When I was Weird.’”

Dort Elementary School is sending its students out to do their reading in the community at places such as the Roseville Public Library, Biggby Coffee, Tim Hortons, Noni’s Grille, Petco and Liberty Comics.

“The theme this year was picked to encourage students to read for enjoyment, not just to complete the activities for reading month,” Sue Francek, the literacy coach at Dort Elementary, said in an email. “We partnered with businesses in the community — places the students could go and read or do activities that involve reading. We gave each student a Dort passport and a list of ideas. When students go to the places to read, they must get their passports stamped. We gave each of our community partners a stamp. Students must complete eight activities during the month of March and bring their passport back to school to receive their reward.”

Blaszkowski said that reading is important year-round, but that being able to encourage it during a special month can be the extra push students need to make the next step in their literacy journeys.

“At our schools, we teach reading every day, but in March we make it a little more fun,” he said. “I encourage all families to read to their children and have them read to you. I suggest to the parents to have the student choose what to read, and pick something that is at or below their reading level so they can read without frustration. This reinforces their skills, which makes them more confident readers. The guest readers that our elementary schools invite to read to students model that reading is important in all walks of life, not just the student life.”

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