Students throughout the Levittown Public Schools filled the Levittown Public Library for the district's Summer Reading Extravaganza discussion days during summer break. Incoming fifth-graders recently gathered to engage in an activity fit for their summer reading book "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabenstein, while middle school students recently joined together to participate in activities related to their book "Because of Mr. Terupt" by Rob Buyea.
The district created the Summer Reading Extravaganza program to encourage students to read during the summer months and to initiate conversation with others about the content. Faculty members, principals, high school National Honor Society students and the Levittown Public Library staff assisted with the events. During the fifth-grade activity, students practiced collaboration with the goal to "escape" the library like the characters in their book. Together, the students solved puzzles in a race against the clock, in an effort to crack the code on their lock box and access the key.
During the middle school reading event, students from both Wisdom Lane and Jonas E. Salk middle schools participated in a variety of activities relating to the characters in their story and focused on multiple intelligences. Each character has a strength, just like each student. With that idea in mind, the students were tasked to reflect on their own intelligences and complete a survey that determined their strengths whether it be with words, numbers, pictures, music, people, self, body or nature. They then created a bar graph showcasing their results and formed groups with others who shared their strength. The group formation allowed students to get to know each other as they worked on a project related to the book and their intelligence.
Library staff members and Levittown graduates, Maylin Rivera, Division Avenue High School Class of 2018 and Maria Vitali, MacArthur High School Class of 2015, assisted with the middle school event and were impressed with how engaged the students were.
"I think reading is so important and I feel like the students are getting more out of their books with this program," said Rivera. "They're very happy to be here. It's a different atmosphere than when I was in school."
After hearing about the book's background, Vitali praised the district for choosing a book fit for their age level.
"The book is relatable and can make kids feel less alone," she said. "Middle school can be a tough time."
As a reward for attending the events, each student received a raffle ticket for the chance to win a meet and greet with the author of their book. The author's will visit the district this upcoming school year. The Summer Reading Extravaganza will continue throughout the summer with the next fifth-grade event for East Broadway, Gardiners and Lee Road students on August 21 from 6:30 p.m. ?" 7:30 p.m. The next middle school event will take place on August 22 from 7 p.m. ?" 8:30 p.m.