Leighton Elementary Celebrates Annual Read-A-Thon

Frederick Leighton Elementary school celebrated their Annual Read-A-Thon on October 13, 2017. Leighon Home & School Association hosts the event each fall “to promote literacy and a love of reading in our students as reading is an integral part of educational success. The more our children read or are read to – the more success they will have in school!” With help from parents/guardians, family and friends, grades K-6 were challenged to read a total of 240 minutes for 10 days. This is a community event, kids can choose to read to their family members or if the kids cannot read on their own, families were encouraged to read to them.

This fall’s top readers for grades K-3rd were Reagan Wood, Megan Campbell, and Grace St. Onge. In grades 4-6, the top readers were Kevin Waters, Brodie Wood, and Maggie O’Leary.  Forty-seven students read a grand total of 14, 850 minutes this fall.   Leighton staff and families are very proud of all of our readers this year.  The top readers in each category, Reagan and Kevin, also get to be Principal for the Day, a much sought after prize.  

While not a requirement, the students may also ask family and friends for pledges to support their efforts. This year a Kindergartener had the most pledges for the K-3 group.  Ellaina Stranek had 150 pledges!  For the 4-6 group, with 105 pledges, fifth grader Spencer Therrien took the prize. Funds are used to purchase additional prizes and for a celebration for all of our readers. In addition, the top K-3 and 4-6 classrooms with the greatest percent of participation will also receive a classroom party.  The ice cream parties will be taking place in Mrs. Taylor’s Third Grade room and Mrs. Turtura’s Fifth Grade room.  The remaining funds are used to support events such as family movie nights, classroom celebrations, school field trips, a building wide end of the picnic and more.

Home & School is also fortunate to receive support from community organizations. Many thanks to Burger King, Cam’s Pizzeria, Canale's Restaurant, Children’s Museum of Oswego, Friendly’s, Harbor Towne Gifts, Man in the Moon Candies, Mother Earth Baby, The Comic Shop, and Walmart for supplying some amazing prizes for the winners.