Last week HCPS kicked off the 2016 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! (CLW) at Strawberry Crest High School with songs, dances, skits, and other fun activities recognizing the importance of literacy. That same week, Bailey Elementary learned they placed first in the literacy-civics school service project. The contest award ceremony, hosted by First Lady Ann Scott and Chancellor Hershel Lyons, concluded a week-long celebration of literacy and reading in Florida schools. The winners were announced at the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee. The contest reflected this year’s theme, “Literacy Changes Our World,” and focused on literacy-civics school service projects.
As part of the celebration, Mrs. Scott traveled the state to highlight literacy and reading in Florida schools. She said, “It is so inspiring to see the thoughtfulness, creativity and generosity that our state’s students demonstrated through their literacy-civics service projects. The Museum of Florida History is a wonderful location to celebrate how literacy changes oneself and others. Surrounded by artifacts of Florida, we can all celebrate the many ways Floridians have shaped the nation and the world. I urge all Florida students and families to continue in that tradition by improving their reading skills and making a difference in their communities”.
Principal Russell Wallace from Bailey Elementary graciously remarked, “It was incredible to represent our collective students in Tallahassee at the Just Read Florida Celebrate Literacy Week Civics-Service Learning Awards Ceremony and walk away with the 1st place award. Our Bailey students have really gone above and beyond to make a difference in our community and I simply could not be more proud of their efforts!”
When asked why Bailey Elementary participated this year, Principal Wallace stated that they truly wanted to provide their students an authentic opportunity to combine citizenship and literacy that changes their world. With Bailey having a large group of migrant students (27% of the students are limited in English proficiency), their goal was to provide their migrant population with home libraries to improve the students' and their households' literacy skills.
The contest winners received a cash prize for their school (1st place $1,000/2nd place $500/ 3rd place $250) and attended an awards ceremony on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee. In addition, the Florida Education Foundation provided up to $400 per school for travel expenses. LEGOLAND Florida Resort, one of the state’s premier theme parks, has donated 60 tickets to the winners of the Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Civics Service Project contest. The tickets were awarded to the first, second, and third-place winners at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
More about Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
CLW is an annual event during which students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers all celebrate the tremendous success Florida's students have accomplished over the past decade. CLW also takes the opportunity during the week to encourage students to keep reading and improving their skills. For more information on Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, and the state-wide winners visit Just Read Florida.
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