Scottville Elementary celebrates March is Reading month with pirate theme

March 6, 2023

Scottville Elementary celebrates March is Reading month with pirate theme

Spartan News is a presentation of Mason County Central Schools in partnership with Mason County Press. 

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

SCOTTVILLE — Like many local elementary schools, Scottville Elementary (Mason County Central’s lower elementary) is observing the March is Reading Month with a variety of activities to get kids excited about reading. The kindergarten through second grade students are observing March with the theme the Pirate “Book-caneers”. 

“The whole month is filled with different reading activities,” said Scottville Elementary librarian Heather Lensky. 

Last week the students kicked off the month by reading a pirate book. On Thursday, they celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a book from the famous children’s author and with a treasure hunt. A popular attraction for the kids is the pirate ship that has sailed into the school library. 

“The students love to sit in the pirate ship and read there,” Lensky said. “I plan on keeping that there the rest of the school year.” 

Guest readers will also visit the school throughout the month, including members of the MCC High School Forensics Team and the Lakeshore Pyrate Head Club. 

Though pirates are the main theme, there are plenty of other topics on the month’s calendar including reading about superheroes, dinosaurs and other animals. On St. Patrick’s Day, the kids are encouraged to wear something green, of course. There is a day when they are encouraged to call and read to a family member, to read a non-fiction book, to read to a stuffed animal or pet, to read a book about winter with a cup of hot chocolate, to eat popcorn while reading, and finally, to find a book to read during spring break. 

There are also days when the kids will bring in coins with proceeds raising funds to buy new books for the school library. The classes with the most amount of money collected will win prizes. 

The kids are also encouraged to use the book vending machine, which was purchased through a grant by the MCC Educational Foundation. Throughout the school year, students earn tokens that can be used to “buy” a book from the machine. 

“That machine is such a great way to get kids excited about reading,” Lensky said. “It’s used all year but we really try to put a greater emphasis on it in March. It’s especially popular among the second graders, who are now at a level where they can read whole books on their own.” 

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