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Waimea Country celebrates Literacy Day

March 12, 2014 - 12:05am

A vocabulary parade kicked off the Literacy Day celebration at Waimea Country School recently. Students and teachers each chose an interesting vocabulary word and created a costume to personify that word. Students and faculty then paraded before an assembly of students, faculty, and parents so their words could be guessed.

The words were largely selected from the curriculum, with the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students choosing one of their Greek and Latin vocabulary words, such as astronomy, benign and hyperactive.

Also, students in the second and third multiage class hosted a schoolwide word market, inspired by their reading of “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster.

Waimea Country School’s Literacy Day celebration coincided with the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, designed to raise reading awareness by celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss each year on March 2.

“Celebrating literacy is so important,” said head of school Amy Salling. “In elementary school, children are learning phonics and sight words and honing their reading skills. By highlighting reading and writing, and making it a fun day, we foster a love of learning.”