Students at Savannah’s Launch Pad preschool went bananas when they took part in a springtime reading challenge to promote language and literacy development.

The Launch Pad management team said the preschool runs the annual challenge, called “Go Bananas,” in March. Parents are encouraged to read at least one book or story to their children each day for the month.

Parents were provided with materials to record each book read to their child.

In the Rockets class for 3-4 year olds, Sethres Euter placed first, Cathy Vinothkumar placed second and Daelynn Brown and Michael Lee tied for third in the reading contest.

In the Moons class for kids ages 18 months to 3 years, Xavier Livingston, Joziah Connor and Dannielle Webster tied for first place, Jace Chin Yee placed second, and Sheniya Smith came in third.

During the month, with the theme “Awesome Authors,” Launch Pad staff shared stories with students from such authors as Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle and Julia Donaldson.

Students also had surprise visits from characters dressed up as the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2, and they also visited the Bodden Town Library on a field trip.

The Launch Pad effort is a spin-off of the Go Bananas for Reading program, designed to reward students in grades 1 through 5 who have met their reading goals, and to encourage them to spend more time reading. Teachers determine reading goals based on current student needs.

The Launch Pad management team thanked parents and guardians who participated with their children.

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