GLENWOOD LANDING 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:

  • A visit by author, Kathryn Otoshi, who wrote One, Zero, Two and Beautiful Hands
  • Leaders as Readers Trivia, children will be asked questions regarding famous Leaders
  • Buddy Reading & Writing, inter-classes share reading and writing together
  • Dignity Diplomats as Leaders and Readers, will go into Physical Education classrooms to talk about being leaders and connect discussion to the “ruler program” highlighting topics including best self and the mood meter
  • Dignity Diplomats as Leaders and Readers, will go into classrooms to help students with their reading and writing
  • St. Jude StoryQuest, which includes raising money for children with cancer. A new goal of $3,000 was announced by GWL for this important cause.
  • Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader, will showcase students who set and accomplish high reading levels
  • Leaders in S.T.E.A.M, will tie in S.T.E.A.M. activities with the C.R.E.W. theme  
  • C.R.E.W. Button Contest, a favorite activity where each student participated in drawing the new C.R.E.W. button. During the opening ceremony, the best student buttons from each grade were selected and the children were called up onstage. Additionally, the school-wide button contest winner was revealed, Nicole Tom. 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

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