November 13, 2018
READING TIME — Students at Meredith Nicholson School 96 spent the day reading books in their pajamas during the second annal Scholars in Sleepwear event on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Throughout the day, older students read to younger students, community members read to students in all grades and students also engaged in independent reading. Below, assistant principal Cara Chandler, dressed in her pajamas, reads “The Ugly Duckling” to a second-grade class.
Students gladly ditched their standard uniforms for something more comfortable at Meredith Nicholson School 96 on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
The kindergarten through sixth-grade students wore everything from Batgirl to Captain America and even Army fatigue-style pajamas to Paw Patrol slippers. Some students also brought in their favorite pillows or stuffed animals.
Even school staff — teachers and administrators — joined the fun known as Scholars in Sleepwear. Part of National Young Readers Day, the event included community guest readers, as well as older students reading to their younger peers.
This is the second year that Meredith Nicholson has participated in this event.
“Scholars in Sleepwear is important because it’s a day of adults — community members, district personnel and School 96 staff — demonstrating for students how reading is fun! Oftentimes we only read with a purpose in school, but we want to instill a love of reading for its own sake in our students,” said assistant principal Cara Chandler. “And what’s more fun than hanging out being crazy-comfortable in your jammies, reading and laughing and enjoying a story with your friends?”
Inside teacher Colin Webb’s second-grade classroom, students showed Chandler a video they made of them singing a song about reading with emotion and not like a robot. Afterward, Chandler read them a shortened version of “The Ugly Duckling.”
Sparkles the Squirrel showed up outside Shane Lovins’ third-grade classroom window after a guest reading of “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” by Iza Trapani. The students named the squirrel and said she always comes to the window during reading time.
A group of fifth-graders were stretched on the floor or in chairs reading to Stacy Taylor’s second-grade class. Having older students read to younger students helps the younger ones learn strategies they can use to become better readers.
“(My students) get really excited about reading,” said Taylor. “It’s just nice to have fun with reading that’s not for a grade. Today, they get to see the teachers dress up and have fun and the older students have fun.”
Chandler said the response this year from community readers, who were also invited to wear their pajamas, was great.
“We are packed with community readers. That gives students another picture of somebody else — a police officer or an IT specialist — coming in and saying, ‘Look this is my profession, but I really do love to read, too,’” said Chandler. “Any exposure to that is good.”