Story by Sara Paul
It was literally a live library of fun as students at Golden Hill Elementary School celebrated the first annual Book Character Dress-Up Day on Wed., Oct. 31.
Kids were invited to “fall” into a good book, a piece of the literacy campaign meant to promote reading and more so, the enjoyment of reading.
Golden Hill Elementary Principal Debbi Lisack explained that while the school does not officially celebrate Halloween, she believes the character dress-up day is not only a fun alternative to some of the more ghoulish and frightening outfits, but more importantly, is a strong nod to the school’s commitment to literacy.
“They are having so much fun dressed as their favorite characters, and this event really focuses on getting kids excited about reading,” Lisack said, as she pointed out countless smiling youngsters impersonating some choice literary characters, evidence that the students were indeed falling for many enjoyable and classic reads.
Festive hallways and classrooms saw popular literary figures from such well-known works as the Harry Potter series, Dr. Seuss books, Pete the Cat, and The Wizard of Oz.
Coincidentally, but apropos, was the opportunity for students to shop at the Scholastic Book Fair held at the school that day. Reading Dog Dusty was also on hand to share in the joy of the written word.
Principal Lisack is planning an evening book talk event in the winter months to further celebrate literacy and the enjoyment of reading.