Rockwood students celebrated Reading Week from March 2-5. Fairway Elementary’s library exhibited a new look for the week: it went dark so students could enjoy glow-in-the dark reading. Librarian Jason Sinden transformed the library to an almost cave-like atmosphere with black lights, tents, reading lamps and glow-in-the-dark posters and chairs.
Each class visited the library and enjoyed painting with glow-in-the-dark paint for half the class and reading in a tent for half the class. Students used their finger lamps to read their books.
The Reading Committee planned many activities for the week, but due to classroom scheduling conflicts this unique idea almost didn’t happen.
“The book fair was happening in the room the Reading Committee wanted to use for these activities.” said Sinden. “When I found out, I offered to do the activities in the library.”
The decision was a good call according to Fairway third grader Emma Grimes, “This is so much fun, and I love that I can wear my glow-in-the-dark shirt to school,” she said.
Sinden collaborated with Brian Murphy, the art teacher, to obtain the paint and supplies, and the tents were borrowed from staff and parents.
“Next year I would like to add glow-in-the-dark stars and better paper for painting with the glow-in-the-dark paint,” Sinden said. “And I will not have the check out during the student’s library time so there is more time for them to enjoy the activities.
“This will definitely be a yearly addition to Reading Week,” added Sinden. “The kids really enjoyed it.”
Reading Week is celebrated in Rockwood with various activities throughout the schools.