‘Gals Read’ program a success at Sudnlersville
SUDLERSVILLE — Lunchtime has been “SOARING” at Sudlersville Elementary School thanks to “Gals Read.” Eight community members have dedicated time to read to 36 fourthgrade girls during lunchtime. This program was inspired from the success of “Guys Read,” a program sponsored by the Queen Anne’s County Library and Queen Anne’s County public schools. Over the past two years, local fourthgrade boys have participated in a program called “Guys Read” at in Queen Anne’s County elementary schools. This program originated in Alaska as a way to encourage boys to read outside of school. The “Gals Read” program ran for eight weeks. All fourthgrade girls listened to a new and upcoming book geared for girls during their lunch time. It was a free and fun experience for all fourth-grade girls.
Fourth-grader Gracie Troyer said, “It’s an amazing experience for girls. I loved their book choices for us, because the books were very funny and showed that girls can do great things.”
Principal Kimberly Seidel said, “This program was so powerful, and I am grateful for the community members who committed to this project for our girls. I joined them one lunch period, and you could hear a pin drop!
“Carol Franks Randall, Gals Read coordinator, heard our desire to start this program and she made this happen!”
Reading specialist Rebecca Van Aken said, “The library copies of the books flew off the shelves! We had to create a wait list for the books. It warmed my heart to see the gals walking to the bus reading the latest Gals Read book.”
Volunteer readers were Kim Baklarz, Mary Campbell, Maureen DiLaura, Debbie Ebersole, Shelagh Grasso, Madeline Hubbard, Sandra Jackson, Peggy Levasseur, Shelly McCreary and Carol Thomas.
Seidel and the PTA donated funds to purchase library copies of selected books. The four books are: “El Deafo” by Cece Bell, “Phoebe and the Unicorn” by Dana Simpson, “Spirit Week Showdown” by Crystal Allen and “Fairest of All” by Sarah Mlynowski.
Gals Read concluded with a ice cream social celebration where all of the girls received a copy of “El Deafo.”
“A special thanks to our enthusiastic, dedicated and reliable volunteers to share their joy of reading each week to our fourth-grade girls! Reading is soaring at S.E.S!” said Seidel.
From bottom left: Gracie Troyer, Brielle Seward, Elyssa Crossley, Carol Thomas (Gals Reader), Ava Price and Madison Cunningham. In the far corner: Nevaeh Truitt and Kiera Bertrand.
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