Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Students participate in national book week

November 21, 2001

Students sat huddled on classroom floors with their ears perked up listening intently to tales while their eyes gazed at the colorful pictures.

It may not have been Shakespearean but Basehor Elementary School students were delighted to take part in activities during the recent National Children's Book Week.

During the week of Nov. 13 to 16, drama students from Basehor-Linwood High School presented dramatic readings of children's books to highly attentive Basehor Elementary School students.

"They seemed to pay attention pretty closely," said Kerri Park, a BLHS drama student, who read to a first-grade class. "They stopped me a few times in the middle of the story to ask questions."

From Dr. Seus to Judy Bloom, students of all ages delighted in the readings, if nothing more than to break up the monotony of the normal day.

The readings were coordinated through the Basehor Parent Teacher Association and every class at BES was presented with a reading. The books read to the classes were donated to the classroom by the PTA.

"Every classroom, specialty teacher, counselor and even the principal got a book," said Kathleen Jacobs, PTA member and event coordinator.

The drama students were chosen as presenters to liven up the readings through their theatrical interpretation.

"We thought they might have fun with the reading and that the children would have fun hearing them," Jacobs said.

National Children's Book Week is observed by elementary schools across the country and BES is no different. The program has been presented to students for at least the past five years, Jacobs said.

"When the PTA does this, it shows (the students) that we care about them," Jacobs said.

The books chosen for the readings were also aimed at helping with teacher curriculum and as a reference for students to remember during life situations, Jacobs said.

"Hearing a story about some of the situations that are in the books helps," Jacobs said. "Some of the books deal with feelings and things like that."

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