Reading Is Sweet at JAE

Reading Is Sweet at JAE photo

Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students proved that they have a love for reading, as they read more than 649,600 minutes this January during this year’s We Are Reading More initiative.

Throughout the monthlong program, students read independently at home and at school, keeping a log of their efforts, and participated in a number of activities and days. Keeping with this year’s theme of Reading is Sweet, students decorated paper candies with their favorite book titles and authors and created paper cupcakes with nonfiction facts, which were displayed in the building. They pledged to stay device-free on an electronic blackout day, wore their favorite team shirts on team day and shared their favorite Time for Kids articles and writing pieces with family and friends. 

Renowned author Peter Catalanotto also visited the school and shared his personal life story and words of encouragement for overcoming obstacles. Mr. Catalanotto spoke about the desire to always be an artist and the evolution into becoming a writer, as well as the personal struggles he faced throughout that process. 

Students earned rewards throughout the month, including raffle tickets to win various prizes to entertainment establishments and stores in the area. Winners of the raffles were announced during the culminating WARM activity. Teachers donned silly outfits and went head to head in grade-level races to celebrate all of the students’ efforts and accomplishments.