Friendship Academy of Fine Arts School kicked off a fantastic Read-A-Thon, complete with celebrities, dignitaries, community members, friends and family. Insight News 2/16/07
Friendship Academy Read-a-Thon
students read 30,595 minutes
Friendship Academy of Fine Arts School kicked off a fantastic Read-A-Thon, complete with celebrities, dignitaries, community members, friends and family. The goal was to reach a certain number of reading minutes school-wide in one week. The theme was “Read Around the World,” and Principal Ethel Norwood provided the motivating factor for students. Principal Norwood stated if the students reached their total reading minutes, she would wear a colorful clown wig for a day. There were prizes given to the highest readers in each grade, the highest reader school-wide and the class with the highest number of reading minutes.
The Read-A-Thon began with stories by Ray Richardson, writer for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and KMOJ Radio personality; Rev. Billy G. Russell, Pastor of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church; and Dr. Rosilyn Carroll from Hamline University. Throughout the week there were other special guests such as Nathanda Zulu, Storyteller; Elsie Sellers, poet; Juan Turner, Evangelist and Gospel Recording Artist; Kim Rhodes from the Urban Mass Media Group; Mike Sherels and Amir Pinnix, U of M Gopher football players; Paul Dixon, Papa Lemon Books; Lisa Bullaard, author; and Lynval Jackson, Minneapolis Public School’s Transportation Coordinator.
A way of connecting seniors to youth Friendship Academy had community volunteers from the Southside Senior Center participate in the Read-A-Thon. The volunteers were Clodeal Glanton, Virginia Clark, Venora Bradford, Delores Dennard, Doris Spencer and Mary Cunningham. We also had family and friends volunteer their time to read to students as well.
Friendship Academy’s Read-A-Thon concluded with a final assembly which revealed that students had reached and surpassed their reading goal school-wide. The total reading minutes for the school were 30,595, and the highest readers per grade from Kindergarten to Sixth grade are listed in order: Janell Howard, Christian Kelly, Shiann Perkins, Malik Smith, Erik Lagarejo, Adeja Lagrone and Eizonte Smith. The highest reading minute’s school-wide prize was awarded to Eizonte Smith with a total of 1,203 minutes. The Sixth grade class was the winning class in overall reading minutes.
The students, teachers, staff and guests all enjoyed this Read-A-Thon experience, which was a huge success. If you are looking for a great K-6th grade school for your family members or friends, we do have open enrollment for 1st through the 6th grade. For more information call 612-879-6703 or visit us at www.friendshipacademy.org
Remember . . . everyone enjoys a great story, so grab a book and read.