Epiphany Catholic School, Coon Rapids, celebrated authors and artists April 12. It was the school’s annual Literacy Night to showcase “our Epiphany young authors and artists,” according to Laurie Jennrich, principal.
Students’ writing and art work were on display throughout the school and reading was celebrated in the form of both a book fair and book exchange.
The book fair took place in conjunction with the Barnes & Noble book store, which had an assortment of children’s books available for purchase, ranging from preschool to young adult titles, with a portion of each sale going to the school.
In addition, there were special displays of students’ writing and art work in their classrooms with a different theme for each grade – rainforest books in kindergarten, “lovie” poetry in first grade, story characters in second grade, “pop-up” books in third grade, book characters/reports in fourth grade and American historical figures/reports in fifth grade.
Inside the gymnasium was a festival of nations, where sixth-grade students presented displays, which included both the written word and art work, on different countries from all over the world, which were grouped by continents.
Seventh-graders presented their creative writing work and portfolios, and they were dressed in costume as mythological and book characters, while eighth-graders showed off their creative writing skills in one more time books.
In the art room, students and family members were invited to make bookmarks, while a talk about books in the Anoka County Library was presented at different times by Mary Oliver of the county library staff.
The school’s media center was turned into a prose and poetry cafe, where students from fourth- through eighth-grades read their original poems and prose.
While the focus of the event was on literacy, music was not forgotten.
Grade five through eight band students played their instruments in the school hallways throughout the two-hour event.
Refreshments – hot dogs, chips, drink and cookies – were served in the cafeteria with a freewill offering requested to support future literacy at the school
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