While school buildings were closed and distance learning was concluding, one Mansfield ISD librarian decided to take on a major initiative to ensure that students have the opportunity to read interactively.
Read With Me! Mansfield ISD went from a thought to a full-on event in just 22 days. It was held Tuesday, May 26 for all elementary school students.
“It was a time for student to be passionate about reading and for teachers and librarians and community members to share their love of reading with students through an interactive, engaging website,” said Emilie Buske-Ferman, librarian at the Innovative Learning Academy at Elizabeth Smith.
She helped create the website that allowed visitors to listen and read along with more than 67 guest readers.
The guest readers included several staff members, school board members, Superintendent Dr. Kimberley Cantu and other community leaders.
The goal was to read for a total of 20,000 minutes. That goal was exceeded after the participating students logged more than 22,000 minutes read.
“Watching the students listen to these stores, interact, engaged when we’ve been craving that for the last three months was just heartwarming,” she said. ”To hear them excited about books made it a very very special day.”
Buske-Ferman said she hopes the event will help encourage the students to continue reading in the summer.
To help keep the learning going during the summer, Mansfield ISD is providing resources for learning enrichment for students and parents. More information about the resources is available here.