Even the bears painted on the walls read books at Pine Grove Elementary School, a constant reminder that reading is a good idea.
But during Literacy Week, Jan. 25-29, reading had an even bigger focus.
There was a reading-related activity each day. The school's morning show spotlighted authors throughout the week, including Norman Bridwell, who wrote the Clifford the Big Red Dog series and Eric Carle, who is known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Monday was "Kick Back With a Good Book" day. Students were invited to wear crazy socks so that during Drop-Everything-And-Read time, they could kick off their shoes and enjoy a good book.
On Tuesday, students were encouraged to wear hats for "Hats Off to a Great Book" day. "They tipped their hats off to good books," said Pine Grove reading coach Dana El Yamani.
Wednesday featured a book swap in classrooms. Students brought books they had read at home to swap with their classmates.
On Thursday, teachers read aloud, which they regularly do with students. That night was a special event, Most Improved Reader Banquet and Awards Ceremony, sponsored by HEART Literacy. A student from each elementary, middle and high school was recognized as his/her school's most improved reader. The dinner was provided by contributions from the schools.
Friday was "Cuddle Up With a Good Book" day. Students were invited to bring in a stuffed animal and "get comfy at the end of the day," El Yamani said.