Amelia Earhart Elementary held its annual Read-a-Thon on Tuesday, November 19. Over 500 adults joined students to read books for 30 minutes. Among those attending were parents, Provo City police officers, Provo Mayor John Curtis, Deputy Superintendent Brenda Hales, as well as others from the State Office of Education, Provo City School District Superintendent Keith Rittel and several district representatives.
The Read-a-Thon is traditionally a pajama day. Decked out in a red and white striped one-piece sleeper, complete with sock-monkey feet, Mayor Curtis did not disappoint. He and Superintendent Rittel read with first grade students, while Deputy Superintendent Brenda Hales joined a third grade classroom. Provo police officers and other special guests read with students from various grades.
The goal of the Read-a-Thon is to have one adult to read with each student for that 30-minute period. Most students were fortunate to have their parent or grandparent join them. Teachers shared the “10 Commandments of Read Aloud” before beginning the Read-a-Thon, encouraging parents to have fun when reading with their children, and to read together often.
Each year, the Read-a-Thon ends with donuts for all and door prizes for lucky parents.