Books come to life at Ring­gold El­e­men­tary

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY -

Ring­gold El­e­men­tary stu­dents and fam­i­lies re­cently en­joyed a night of learn­ing, fel­low­ship, and fun at the an­nual Lit­er­acy Night. Teach­ers were asked to par­tic­i­pate in a Door Dec­o­rat­ing Con­test, dis­play­ing a fa­vorite book. Doors were de­signed and dec­o­rated by stu­dents with min­i­mal as­sis­tance from staff. The hall­ways sprung to life with de­pic­tions of The Wiz­ard of Oz, The Light­ning Thief, Neil Arm­strong, The BFG, The Se­cret Gar­den, Char­lotte’s Web, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Goose­bumps, and many more. The en­tire build­ing was like a walk through the pages of chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture! Stu­dents, fam­i­lies, and staff were asked to par­tic­i­pate by vot­ing for their three fa­vorite doors. The next day, votes were tal­lied and win­ners an­nounced on the morn­ing show. The fa­vored three were awarded prizes do­nated by the RES PTO, and door prizes were given to lucky at­ten­dees do­nated by Webb Den­tistry, Waf­fle House, and the RES PTO. Earn­ing 3rd place hon­ors was Ms. Melissa McKown’s door il­lus­trat­ing The Light­ning Thief. Tied for 3rd was Mrs. Deanna Baker’s blos­som­ing en­trance into The Se­cret Gar­den. Sec­ond place went to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, cre­ated by Mrs. Tonya Bear­den’s class. The grand prize went to Mrs. Laura Whitely’s class for a trip down the yel­low brick road to The Wiz­ard of Oz! Con­grat­u­la­tions to these four classes for amaz­ing door dec­o­ra­tions, and thanks to all of the RES teach­ers and stu­dents who made lit­er­a­ture come alive through their creativity!

Lit­er­acy Night was co­or­di­nated by Mrs. Alisa Nepp, para­pro­fes­sional and RES’ res­i­dent artis­tic ge­nius. Cre­ative work­shops were de­signed for stu­dent en­joy­ment, en­cour­ag­ing them to find the joy and ex­cite­ment in read­ing. Stu­dents de­signed su­per hero masks and had their pic­tures made with some larger-thanlife su­per heroes. Chil­dren also en­joyed read­ing to a ther­apy dog, while oth­ers shopped for new books at the Happy Camper Book Fair. While in the me­dia cen­ter, hot choco­late, do­nated by Waf­fle House, and cookies were pro­vided for fam­i­lies to en­joy while shop­ping and/ or read­ing with their child. Co­or­di­nat­ing with the book fair theme, chil­dren co­zied up to the fire to read a good book, too. Nepp com­mented, “If you go by the num­bers in at­ten­dance, the night was a HUGE suc­cess. How­ever, I feel that if we showed just one stu­dent how ex­cit­ing read­ing can be and sparked a new love in books, then the night was a suc­cess and all the hard work was worth it. I think the fam­i­lies had fun, and, hope­fully, we pro­vided them new ideas to fos­ter a de­sire in their chil­dren to read more at home.” RES ex­tends sin­cere thanks to Mrs. Nepp for her time and ded­i­ca­tion, which re­sulted in a won­der­ful event. Ad­di­tional thanks to the RES PTO and busi­ness part­ners who con­trib­uted as well.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Jacob Peterson, Bat­tle­field El­e­men­tary School third-grader in Mrs. Wil­son’s class, who won first place for his grade level in the Young Ge­or­gia Au­thors’ Com­pe­ti­tion for his story en­try “The Haunted Di­men­sion.”

Lil­lian Joy LaMoun­tain and Sa­van­nah Mizic look su­per in their self-cre­ated masks. Right: First­place win­ners, Kate Mikel (Dorothy), Ha­ley Grant (Scare­crow), and Lau­ren Hul­len­der (Cow­ardly but Cute Lion), dressed the part to rep­re­sent their award-win­ning Wiz­ard of Oz door de­sign.

Above: Mia Ben­nett, Mad­die Sisk, and Con­ner Christo­pher cozy up to the camp­fire with some good books. Right: Lizzie & Sara-Kate Steele, Davey, Eli, Kristy, and Charles Mi­nor do a lit­tle shop­ping at the Happy Camper Book Fair.

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