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Tahoe Truckee Reads: My favorite reading spot, part two

Kerry Eastman Stendell
Special to the Sun
Courtesy photo

In February through the Tahoe Truckee Reads literacy campaign, the community was asked, “Where is Your Favorite Reading Spot?”

The librarians at Truckee and Glenshire Elementary Schools as well as teachers at the Kings Beach Parents’ Co-op asked their students this question and received some great answers.

Responses from preschool and elementary students, teachers and principals were captured on bulletin boards for public display.

Here are some of our favorites responses:

“In my room and OUTSIDE!” -Sage

“I like reading at SCHOOL!” -Tessa

“In my room, but sometimes in my mommy’s bed because it’s so comfortable” -Lennon

“At my house, in my room with lots of animals” -Abbie

“In the Bobcat classroom because they have a cubby just for me with books that I can read” -Stella

“With Wendy” (his little sister) -Justin

“In my bedroom” -Jack

“At Grandma and Grandpas!” -Kylie

“On the beach” – Miss Laurent

“In the sand on the beach with fuzzy pillows” -Juliana

“In Mrs. Bockius’ class and my Mom’s room” -McKenna

“The Glenshire Pond” -Jacob

“My sofa” -Reaghan

“In a big grassy meadow under the shade of a tree on a towel” -Jasmine

“In bed” -Mrs. Gauthier

“My classroom” -Damon

“In the library” -Paige

The students enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to share their favorite places to read and loved seeing their name up on a bulletin board or chart. These charts, pictures, and descriptions also serve as a visual reminder and encouragement to read.

The responses are an even split between cozy indoor spots and favorite outdoor places — a reflection of our dichotomous Tahoe weather.

As we move into summer, the Tahoe Truckee Reads coalition has been working with various community partners to incorporate myriad fun literacy activities into the summer months.

Yes, students and families need a break to enjoy our all-too-short summers. But, students also need learning opportunities during the summer, particularly time to exercise their reading skills.

Without this, research shows that students lose reading proficiency over the summer months, and unfortunately children from low-income families lose the most.

Many summer programs and events are being planned for our community with literacy in mind. Local parks and recreation day camp programs are incorporating fun with books, characters, and reading.

The public libraries will host engaging activities in conjunction with their summer reading program. Story times will be offered in the community.

Teacher-lead neighborhood reading programs are being planned. Our school district is offering Kinder Camp for incoming kindergartners from July 15 to August 9 to ensure that incoming kindergartners are ready for their new school experience.

Additionally, Glenshire and Tahoe Lake Elementary school libraries will open once a week this summer for the community to access.

Over the next few months we will be sharing ideas for families to engage in summer fun that incorporates the world of reading.

Kerry Eastman Stendell is coordinator with Tahoe Truckee Reads.

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