One May event that was just completed was the 2nd Annual Rooster Chick Games for selected 4th graders. The 23 students who participated in the games had read at least 5 of the 20 nominated books for the 2009 Rhode Island Children's Book Award (otherwise known as the Rooster books). Students vote for a favorite book in February and we culminate the year with these games. The photo on the left shows the Red Team hard at work!
I began the Rooster Chick Games last year as a transition to the Rooster Games done at Chariho Middle School. We do a scaled-down version with several literacy activities and small prizes at the end. This year we had an enthusiastic, involved group of students and it was a lot of fun for all of us. Ashaway School used our program as a prototype for their pilot year - maybe this will spread!
Another popular program, Exercise Your Body,/Exercise Your Mind, was completed last week when students proudly brought back their forms. This year we had 91 students who made at least 100 points - an increase over last year! Each student received a certificate and a sticker. They were also entered in grade-level drawings for a $10 gift card to a bookstore. The winners of the gift cards were:
Kindergarten: Abby Duckworth - Ms. Iacoi's class
1st Grade: Emma Hughes - Mrs. Koukas' class
2nd Grade: Delaney Smail - Mrs. Pearce's class
3rd Grade: Saydee Wheeler - Mrs. Rathbone's class
4th Grade: Renee' Sherman - Mrs. Fee's class
Congratulations to all the winners - each student (and their families) who worked at changing some habits to gain healthier activities. This was the 6th year for this collaborative program between Library (me) and Physical Education/Health (Mrs. Fiske) and it's been rewarding to see the interest in meeting the challenge.