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Ryan Walsh and Brooke LaPierre sit by the campfire

Camp Read-a-lot brings the outdoors in

Camp badgeThe overhead sign at the camp entrance was the first thing you saw as you approached. Then another sign, this one handwritten and at eye level, listed the activities for the day. The schedule was jampacked with fishing, snacks by the campfire, and lunch in the mess hall. Of course, there was also time for math, science, and language arts.

For two days just before the district closure, the fourth and fifth grade hallway at Mountain View Elementary School was transformed into Camp Read-a-lot. Teachers infused the outdoor/camping theme into daily classroom instruction to heighten student engagement and the enjoyment of learning. 

Without any explanation the week prior, fourth- and fifth-graders were each asked to bring in a sleeping bag or blanket, a flashlight, and bandana. When they arrived for school the next Monday, the students finally understood. Camp-Read-a-lot had been born after they had left for the weekend. Teachers decorated the hallway and transformed their classes into campgrounds, complete with tents, nature decor, and illuminated crepe paper fire pits. Desks had been stacked to make room for the campers to spread out sleeping bags and blankets.

“The kids were just blown away,” said fourth grade teacher Melissa Ezro. “And they were so appreciative of all that we had done to make learning fun for them.”

Instruction for the next two days followed the curriculum, continuing where the students had left off the week before. The learning activities, though, were creatively designed around the great outdoors.

In math, for example, the fourth-graders designed campgrounds and calculated the area and perimeter of them. They practiced their multiplication and division using cards with camp-themed mystery pictures. In English language arts, the students used homemade mini fishing rods to fish for text passage cards from an inflatable pool. They then applied various comprehension strategies to the texts they caught. They also practiced their inferencing skills and went on a scavenger hunt to find vocabulary words related to camping.

The fourth-graders met with their first grade buddies, too. They worked with them to complete various literacy activities and make critters for our campground. What’s a campground with critters?

Science wasn’t forgotten. The students participated in a STEAM activity in which they had to imagine, plan, and construct tents using toothpicks, marshmallows, and aluminum foil.

“We had a great time,” said Anessa Goldkind, fourth grade teacher. “They had so much fun, they didn’t even realize how much they were actually learning. The campers can’t wait to come back next year.”

Alexa Buonvino and Matthew Wood poke their heads out

Instructional supervisor Jen Olsyn and Principal Melissa Kolenski

A day to inspire a love of reading

Reading and everything Dr. Seuss were celebrated as Mountain View took part in Read Across America – a nationwide campaign designed to motivate kids to read. Sponsored by the National Education Association, Read Across America is held annually on the birthday of the legendary children's author.

Students and faculty came dressed in Seuss-related shirts and hats to hear guests read storybooks. Guests included Mayor Rob Greenbaum, board of education members Dr. Antoine Gayles and Anthony Strillacci, members of the high school’s chapter of the National English Honor Society, Sgt. Michael Zarro from the Mount Olive Police Department, and Dr. Robert Zywicki, superintendent of schools. Many parents and grandparents also came to read to students.

Paul Czekaj, a singer and songwriter, kicked off the day’s events by singing his original song, “Reading's Lots of Fun.” Mr. Czekaj is married to Jackie Czekaj, one of the school’s instructional aides.

Melissa Marvin, Mountain View’s library media specialist, coordinated the RAA activities.

Mayor Rob Greenbaum

Members of Mount Olive High School's chapter of the National English Honor Society

Sgt. Michael Zarro of the Mount Olive Police Department 

Board of education member Dr. Antoine Gayles

Board of Education member Anthony Strillacci

Dr. Robert Zywicki, superintendent of schools
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