Manzanita Mustangs Make Reading the Goal
Posted on 04/11/2014
Books have been flying off the library shelves as students are finding the joy and love of reading and are intently working to meet their reading goals. Spurred on in part by Family Reading Nights, the first Thursday of each month, where families can enjoy both reading and art with their children, students have been quietly reading more and more. “Manzanita has changed my life”, shouted two young students as they checked out more books from the library. “We both LOVE to read now!”

This year the excitement of reading by all on campus prompted Manzanita Elementary School to bring back Read Across America Day in early March. Visitors read to students, students read to each other and the day was filled with books here and books there – books EVERYWHERE! Lunchtime talk turned from conversations about movies and games to students telling their friends about the books they had read that day, students finding a quiet place to read alone, with their friends, or to their favorite stuffed animal brought from home for the day, or quickly going off to the library for one more book.

Through a free, motivational incentive, almost all students received complimentary passes to a NASCAR event for their part in reaching individual and classroom goals for literacy and meeting Lefty’s Reading Challenge.

The Manzanita PTA joined in the excitement as they filled the month of March with more love of books as they hosted the Mexican Fiesta Book Fair, another event bringing families together around great literature.

Currently, students are working to meet the challenge of 100% of the Manzanita Mustang student body meeting their reading goals to earn, among other things, a cookout at the end of the year. 

So, it’s off to the library for another book, as Manzanita students challenge themselves to read, learn and become great lovers of books.