Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students have been participating in a variety of literacy-based activities this month as part of their 'We Are Reading More' initiative. Throughout the month, students have been encouraged to take time each day to read for pleasure and keep track of the minutes they spend enjoying a good book.
As a complement to the program, geologist and author Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomecek visited the school and spoke with students about the world of nonfiction writing. During the assembly, Mr. Tomacek shared how he developed a love for the subject early on and his mission to write books that are both exciting and educational. In addition to speaking about his work, he conducted a few hands-on experiments with the students. He demonstrated concepts such as displacement and air pressure by using an empty soda bottle to fill an attached balloon, and explained how the operation of a boomerang rests heavily on Bernoulli’s principle.
In recognition of the school reading a total of 422,329 minutes during the month, a special celebration was held at the end of the program. During the celebratory event, teachers worked in teams to complete chair races, and several raffle winners were announced.
Photo and information courtesy of Jennifer Kuefner, Syntax.