Students of Chisago Lakes Baptist School proved that reading can be lots of fun when the elementary school participated in “I Love to Read” month in January.
For 10 minutes each day, students were invited to “stop, drop, and read.”
Once a week, a mystery reader read a selection from a well- known book over the loudspeaker.
The names of children who returned their reading logs were put into a weekly drawing for one of 10 free books.
Students easily surpassed the January all-school reading goal of 25,000 minutes of reading outside the classroom, so a new goal of 50,000 minutes was set.
Events included a magic show presented by a local professional magician. Norm Barnhart invited several students to help with his tricks.
Each class participated in an all-school read-aloud, What Would Jesus Do? retold for children by Helen Haidle.
Daily prizes were awarded to the first student who found a small copy of a Bible that was hidden throughout the school.
Grades kindergarten through 6 designed and illustrated a new book cover for one of their favorite books.
Contest winners received a WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) bracelet, and their art is displayed on the gymnasium wall.
Winners were Christopher Chen, Nora DeVries, Joel Schwenke, Kaylee Keck, Tim McCullough, Lily Christensen, and Laine DeVries.
School Administrator Jerry Schwenke proved to be a good sport, agreeing to wear his pajamas to school when the reading total reached 56,084 minutes.
Students came in pajamas on Friday, Feb. 1, when they watched the movie “Dolphin Tale” while enjoying popcorn and pop.
Kalley Vugteveen, 3rd grade, topped the charts by reading 3,840 minutes, followed by Amanda Weber, 3rd grade, who read 3,057 minutes. Third place went to Christopher Chen, 6th grade, at 2,570 minutes.
Top readers for each class were Franklin Jewson, preschool; Nora DeVries and Malachi McKinnon, kindergarten; Tim McCullough and Ben Hoiland, 1st grade; Malia McKinnon and Laine DeVries, second grade; Kalley Vugteveen, third grade; Grace DeVries, 4th grade; Claire DeVries, 5th grade; and Christopher Chen, 6th grade.
Top readers received a new book and an award. Earlier in the school year, grandparents and parents were asked to sponsor new books.
A set of 32 new books on different countries of the world, plus 10 books on sports, are welcome additions to the school’s recently renovated library.
Chisago Lakes Baptist School, located at 9387 Wyoming Trail in Chisago City, offers a Christian curriculum, small class sizes, and dedicated, caring teachers for preschool (age 4) through grade 12.
Kindergarten roundup will be held Mar. 8; enrollment for 2013-2014 has already begun. For more information or a tour of the school, contact Jerry Schwenke at 651-257-4587.