Mission Hill School was quiet as students and teachers took the Drop Everything and Read Challenge Monday. Everyone read for 20 minutes during National School Library Day to show their commitment to reading for 20 minutes every day throughout the year.
“I think if kids create the habit of reading 20 minutes every day, they will increase their literacy. We’re getting our information online and everybody has to be a good reader to do that,” said teacher/librarian Becky Wilson.
School trustee Perry Wainwright came to the school to read with the students.
“I enjoy reading for recreation myself and it’s something good for kids to get used to,” he said. He brought a book and read to the class in the library at the end of the reading session.
Grade 5 student Gurtej Pannu, was concentrating on his book. “I like reading at school and at home,” he said.
Fellow students Isabella Young-Berg, Elena Gaskell and Erica Simpson found a quiet corner to do their reading.
“I really love reading, it’s the best part of the day,” said Simpson, while Gaskell added, “Reading is so relaxing,” and Young-Berg said, “I can’t wait to read every day.”
The girls were reading their current favourite series, The Poison Apple books.