C.R.E.W. Festival


C.R.E.W. Readers as Leaders

As part of the C.R.E.W. (Curious Readers Enthusiastic Writers) festival at Glenwood Landing School, the Leaders as Readers program will include leaders reading to elementary students including Superintendent Dr. Peter Giarrizzo! Each volunteer leader will be matched with a class. Once a match is made, a mutually-agreed time and date will be put aside for the leader to read to the class.

On January 4th, Glenwood Landing began its month long C.R.E.W. (Curious Readers Enthusiastic Writers) festival with an exciting school-wide assembly celebrating 30 years of C.R.E.W. This year, the C.R.E.W. committee proudly stated that the theme was “Readers as Leaders.” Students have been encouraged all month to read books about fiction, poetry, non-fiction, biographies, and science fiction, just to name a few and write about them. The enjoyable ceremony was filled with songs and a presentation summarizing all of the educational activities that will take place during the month of January 2019.

Some exciting new and traditional events for C.R.E.W. this year include:

- Visit by award author/illustrator, Kathryn Otoshi, One, Zero, Two and Beautiful Hands

- Leaders as Readers Trivia, children were asked questions regarding famous Leaders

- Buddy Reading & Writing, inter-classes shared reading and writing together

- Guest Readers, a special time where parents, family members, friends, and administrators including Superintendent, Dr. Peter Giarrizzo, came to read to the GWL students

- Dignity Diplomats as Leaders and Readers, went into gym classes teaching about leadership

- St. Jude StoryQuest, helped raise money for children with cancer with a goal of $3,000

- Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader, showcased students who set and accomplished high reading levels

- Leaders in S.T.E.A.M, coordinated various S.T.E.A.M. activities with the C.R.E.W. theme

- C.R.E.W. Button Contest, revealed, Nicole Tom, as the school winner! Additionally, students at each grade level were called on stage for their great buttons! Congratulations to all of the students for creating such beautiful C.R.E.W. buttons!

While students read and write all year long, the month of C.R.E.W. reinforces these skills by continuing to focus on genres including poetry, fairytales, non-fiction, personal narratives, biographies, memoirs, and picture books. Additionally, many, many library activities will take place throughout the month.

During C.R.E.W., students will be challenged to read more books than the year before! 
On January 31st, there will be a closing ceremony to culminate the C.R.E.W. festival. Many thanks go out to the teachers, staff, the C.R.E.W. committee, and the Glenwood Landing School-Community Association (SCA) who are all essential in the success of this event.


Article and photos by Shelly Newman