Students at John Gray High School recently celebrated Teen Read Week 2012 with a theme of “Empowering young minds through literacy: Read, Write, Speak, Listen and Think”.
The school observed the initiative during week of 3 to 7 December with a number of events including “The Poetry Slam! Poster, Bookmark, and Door Display” contest with a literacy theme as well as the “Writing is Mind Travelling, Destination Unknown” writing symposium presented by Dr. C. Barnett. Other events featured local storyteller Aunt Sookie, read-aloud sessions, a fundraiser and a blog page created for in-school book reviews. Staff motivational literacy T-shirts were worn Monday to kick off the observance.
“Literacy celebrations re-energise and motivate us to continue our efforts to make the learning of our students our priority. These celebrations also build team spirit,” said Wendy Cumberbatch, literacy subject leader. “We know that motivation and engagement play key roles in adolescent academic literacy.
Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it is important to remind them to spend time reading,” she said. “It is free. It is fun, and it can be done anywhere.”