William O. Schaefer Elementary School

William O. Schaefer Elementary School and Cottage Lane Elementary School joined forces on June 11 for the SOCES K-5 Summer Literacy Extravaganza! Families flocked to WOS for an action-packed session of reading and writing fun, from multi-sensory word play games to literacy-related crafts to a special reading by local children’s author Eileen Malora.

“The purpose of this event is to promote literacy during the summer and build on the positive energy our instructional staff has created during ELA workshop this year,” explained Instructional Literacy (K-5) Coach Joe Onativia. “It’s not just about reading for stamina, but reading by choice, for enjoyment.”

Students received writing journals and designed bookmarks and canvas bags to tote summer reading supplies. At the Polaroid selfie station, they dressed up with props and took a photo with their summer reading goals. Representatives from the Orangetown Historical Society, Books & Greetings, the DeWint House and local libraries’ Libraries Rock! Children’s Summer Reading Program shared exciting opportunities to boost literacy and SOCES PTA scooped up ice cream for all!

“It was a total collaborative effort by the staff, including reading specialists, library media specialists, building administration, and enrichment teachers!” Mr. Onativia reported. “There was a real sense of community, especially with the presence of our local museum, historians, book store, author and PTA! We are grateful for being part of such an amazing community.”

Missed the SOCES K-5 Summer Literacy Extravaganza? Reach out to Coach Joe for information and resources you can use at home to promote literacy this summer and be sure to check out the blogs by WOS Library Media Specialist Patty Eyer and CLE Library Media Teacher Kristine Wagner.

Local author reads to crowd of students, parents and staff in WOS gym

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