Ledgemont Elementary celebrated literacy in a fun and creative fashion with a jungle-themed Young Authors Night event on Monday, March 2nd. The entire gymnasium was decked out in student created jungle creations along with student published writings for guests to read. The “jungle” featured walls covered in a variety of reading materials including poems, comic strips, nonfiction reports and personal narratives. Additional activities for students and families included a jungle themed scavenger hunt and craft-making station. As part of an ongoing project-based learning activity, 3rd graders held a successful bake sale of delicious cookies, brownies, cupcakes and other baked goods. Young Author’s Night also featured Superintendent John Stoddard as the evening’s guest reader! Dressed in jungle safari clothes, Mr. Stoddard read Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae to Ledgemont families in the gymnasium.
The Young Author’s Night event was the culmination of Right to Read Week which took place Monday, February 24th through Friday February 28th. This year’s theme was “A Journey Through the Genres” and featured the participation of all grade levels in a variety of literacy activities covering the many different literary genres. On Monday, February 24th, Lindsay Bonilla, author of Polar Bear Island, helped students act out the story’s plot and autographed copies of the book for Ledgemont students. During each day of Right to Read Week, students and staff wore clothing to reflect the specific day’s theme. Thank you to all Ledgemont students, families and staff for helping to make this year’s Right to Read Week and Young Author’s Night a success!