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Reading En Plein Air
By Bettina Thiel, Correspondent
As a reward for reading during the summer months, students at Beecher Road School got to read some more. But instead of finding a quiet place in the building, students spread out on the lawn behind the south wing on a recent sunny Friday afternoon.
This reward was their own idea said School Supt. Dr. Guy Stella. The teachers planning the summer reading program had polled students in the spring to suggest a fun thing to do. Reading out-of-doors and wear-your-pajamas-to-school day were two suggestions made.
The teachers rolled both suggestions into one fun afternoon, and students got to camp out in their pjs, brought towels and stuffed animals, along with a book of their own choice. Luckily for them, the weather was cooperative, with one of the sparkling fall days this area has seen in September.
Fifth grade teacher Katie McCollom allowed students to read a book of their choice, but she also brought the classroom book, “Running Out of Time,” which she read out loud for those crowding around her.
Back in June the Language Arts Department at the school had challenged all students to read at least 10 books over the summer. “Give Us Ten,” was the call of the day, and the students received bracelets with the motto printed on them. “In previous years we had noticed a reading slide,” said teacher Mary Vincitorio, who was instrumental in getting the program off the ground. “We were finding that kids were dropping reading levels,” she said.
The kickoff, with drum rolls and a parade, was designed to inspire kids to continue to read at home. “Remember, said School Supt. Dr. Stella when he addressed the students for an award ceremony. “We eat, we sleep and we ….?….“Read” the children finished the sentence.
The town’s Public Library also was tied into the program. If students didn’t already have one, they were encouraged to get a library card, so as to have access to the library’s wealth of titles. Children’s librarian Judy Rabin and Mary Vincitonrio traveled to New York for a book expo in the spring to find out about high-interest books. Amity Arts students created a stand-up cardboard robot, which was housed at the library for the summer. Young library patrons could stick their heads through a hole for a photograph. “It was a real community thing,” Vincitorio said.
She estimated that they got about 300 logs back. The logs also will be entered into the Governor’s Reading Challenge.
Boy Scout Troop 63, meetings Monday nights from 7:00 pm – 8:30pm, Our Lady of the Assumption "Mother" Church, 1700 Litchfield Turnpike (Rte. 69), Woodbridge; September- April and May-June outdoors at Camp Whiting, all boys ages 10 and up or who have completed the fifth grade are welcome to stop by and see what we're all about. For more information, visit http://www.troop963.org or email Troop63CT@gmail.com.
Woodbridge Republican Town Committee Meetings, second Tuesday of each month, 7:30pm, Center Cafeteria. Visitors welcome and urge you to join us. For information, go to www.woodbridgegop.org.
God On Tap, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm, Wheeler’s Restaurant and Taproom, 180 Amity Road, Woodbridge, refreshments with friends & nourishing conversations facilitated by Elsa Worth, priest at Christ Church, Bethany, www.christchurchbethany.org.
Spring Entrepreneur Series, Thursdays, 5:30-8:00pm (PDT), New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven, View Map, sponsored by SCORE New Haven (http://newhaven.score.org/) and the New Haven Free Public Library to help participants establish a business plan, understand basic financial statements, learn how to build a recognizable brand, and manage technology effectively. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon successful completion of the series.
Alzheimer's Community Caregivers Support Group, 2nd Thursday of the month, 5:00pm, Arden House, Conference Room, 850 Mix Avenue, Hamden. Call Maria Paduano, Program Director to RSVP or for more information at 203-281-3500, ext. 7669; www.genesishcc.com.
Woodbridge Rotary Club Meetings, 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 7:30am breakfast meeting, Country Corner Diner, 756 Amity Toad, Bethany and the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, 12:15pm luncheon meeting, Woodbridge Social, 12 Seldon Street, Woodbridge. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary should contact Anna Dickerson at 203-710-0223 or email email@example.com.
Trap Falls Kennel Club Obedience Classes, every level, AKC STAR Puppy (obedience for dogs under 12 months) and Family Manners Classes/Obedience & Canine Good Citizen; Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Pawz for Wellness in Shelton, CT. For registration and/or information, call 203-450-9485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Trap Falls Kennel Club is a non-profit member club of the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Amity Parent Support Group, meets every other Friday morning, 7:45am, Woodbridge Senior Center Lounge, 4 Meetinghouse Lane, sponsored by Amity High School, Woodbridge Youth Services and the Orange Drug and Alcohol Action Committee, local parents who struggle with children who are, or may be involved with, substance abuse share experiences and concerns in a confidential setting, For more information, please contact Nancy Pfund at 203-389-3429, or e-mail email@example.com.
The International Order of Rainbow for Girls Seeking Members, Masonic based leadership and service group, looking for girls ages 9 - 15, to participate in community service activities, prospective member open house on October 20, 2014, activities begin 7:00pm, Hamden Masonic Lodge, 3732 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, refreshments will be served. For additional information, contact CTIORG.org.
The Arts Council of Greater New Haven Art Show, Thinking through Painting: Exploring the ideas of Peter Geimer and Isabelle Graw, Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery, 70 Audubon Street, 2 FL, New Haven, on view through November 7, 2014. For more information, contact Debbie Hesse at (203) 772-2788 or online at newhavenarts.org. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9am to 5.m.