District 16’s smallest students gear up for reading challenge at fall carnival

Pippi Longstocking, a swarm of bumblebees and a number of princesses descended on Woodcrest Elementary Spanish Immersion School Oct. 24 for the annual Spring Lake Park District 16 Early Childhood Family Education and Preschool Fall Carnival.

Isaiah Brennan, 2, monkeys around at the annual District 16 Early Childhood Family Education and Preschool Fall Carnival Oct. 24. Isaiah debates between coloring Frankenstein with a purple or orange crayon.
Isaiah Brennan, 2, monkeys around at the annual District 16 Early Childhood Family Education and Preschool Fall Carnival Oct. 24. Isaiah debates between coloring Frankenstein with a purple or orange crayon.Photo by Olivia Koester

Organizers estimate that about 250 little ones came to play classic carnival games and create spooky art, taking home prizes and candy in provided goodie-bags.

The evening carnival served as the kick-off for a week-long Rock & Read-a-Thon fundraiser.

The fundraiser asks friends and families of students to pledge dollars for books read or simply make a donation.

The goal program-wide is for students to read 35,000 books in one week, from Oct. 24 to Halloween night. That’s about 100 books per student in ECFE and preschool programs.

“It sounds like a lot,” said Barb Saunders, early childhood screening coordinator, but she is quick to point out that little ones often read the same short book over and over again and it can be counted multiple times.

The Rock & Read-a-Thon is not solely a fundraiser; it promotes early literacy.

“We’re encouraging parents to read to their kids,” Saunders said.

Isaiah Brennan, 2, monkeys around at the annual District 16 Early Childhood Family Education and Preschool Fall Carnival Oct. 24. Isaiah debates between coloring Frankenstein with a purple or orange crayon.Photo by Olivia Koester Sara Klimek, a room assistant at Northpoint Preschool, paints a ghost on Princess Lucy Dusosky, 3.Photo by Olivia Koester The Kuh family poses for a photo before moving on to its next activity. Arthur and Martha Kuh are the parents of Fairy Princess Audrey, 4; Ninja Turtle Shepard, 2; and four-month-old Isla, a strawberry.Photo by Olivia Koester Elena Momtchev helps her sons Nikola, 6, right; and Chris, 4, create spider webs from paper plates and yarn. Huge fans of video games, the boys dressed up as the Mario brothers: Mario and Luigi.Photo by Olivia Koester Students play games to win prizes and, of course, candy in the gymnasium.Photo by Olivia Koester
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Isaiah Brennan, 2, monkeys around at the annual District 16 Early Childhood Family Education and Preschool Fall Carnival Oct. 24. Isaiah debates between coloring Frankenstein with a purple or orange crayon.Photo by Olivia Koester

 

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