As part of a new initiative designed to promote literacy and shared family reading time, Mamaroneck Avenue School (MAS) students schoolwide too took part in Families as Reading Partners this fall. The program challenged students and their families to build a "Reading Chain," created out of multicolored paper links that signified at least 15 minutes of reading for each student.
The two-week program, organized by teachers in each grade and executed by MAS parents Sarah Coady and Barrie Sacks, motivated students to share a book with a family member. Participants submitted "links" for each reading session they engaged in, and were also encouraged to send in photographs of their reading time to be posted around the school.
The program resulted in a chain of 1651 links, representing 24,765 minutes of reading among members of the MAS community. The chain, which spanned half the circumference of the MAS playground, was also displayed inside the school and then brought out on to the playground for MAS spirit day on November 18.
"The program was incredibly impactful, because everywhere you looked in the school, you could see photos of students and their families sharing time together over a book," said Carrie Amon, MAS Principal. "It really motivated the students to want to be part of it, and to proactively read with their families. And when we saw how large the chain ended up being, it gave us all tremendous pride in our shared accomplishment."