School Beat: “Paws for Reading” – RPS Celebrates March is Reading Month


Principal – Parkside Elementary


Although all Rockford public elementary schools celebrate reading every day in each of their classrooms, nationally, March is designated as “reading month.” Locally it is celebrated every year through the leadership of a volunteer March is Reading Month committee. Through their leadership, fun reading events are scheduled on building calendars, authors and illustrators are booked to present to students, and a theme is developed.

This year the committee has chosen the reading month theme of “Paws for Reading.” A number of animal-related themed days and events have been planned in each of the buildings in the district. While the events vary slightly from building to building, all students will be challenged to log their reading minutes for the month. Recognition and possible incentives for minutes read will be developed in each of the buildings.

In addition to themed days, “Paws with a Cause” will be conducting assemblies. “Paws with a Cause” is an organization that “enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs.” The assemblies will educate our students about the rights and roles of Assistance Dog Teams.

Additionally, through the generosity of elementary building PTOs and the Frankenmuth Credit Union Foundation, author Laurie Keller has been scheduled to visit every elementary school. Laurie Keller is the author and illustrator of Do Unto Otters, Arnie, The Doughnut, The Scrambled States of America, and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, among numerous others. Her latest picture book is entitled We Are Growing.

A native of West Michigan, she attended Kendall College of Art and Design. She currently lives in West Michigan and is visiting all of the schools to share with students her writing and illustrating tips. Laurie will also return to downtown Rockford for the READING ROCKS IN ROCKFORD festival on June 2, 2018 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.