Interest in reading great books bets a boost when kids become book characters for School Character Day.
At Cleveland Elementary School, teachers want to instill the love of reading at an early age, whether it’s for Fancy Nancy or The Cat In The Hat. “We want children to connect with the characters. We encourage them to choose a character they really love,” second grade teacher Joy Hughey said.
For the annual Character Day, students dressed up as their favorite character from fiction, and created a poster based on the book that the character is from. In addition to sharing their love of reading with adults and with other students, kids also developed public speaking skills.
“This is the first time the kids have worked on speaking in front of a crowd and an audience,” second grade teacher Maureen Frye said. “It can be nerve racking for some kids because it is their first time.”