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June 11, 2013 > Way up on the roof!

Way up on the roof!

Submitted By Briana Miller, Photo by Nicole Arthur

On May 31, Snow Elementary School in Newark celebrated meeting their fundraising goal for summer reading by sending Principal, Robin Sehrt, up to the roof! This spring, the Scholastic Book Fair committee had made it their goal to raise $5,000 toward buying books for each student to read over the summer.

Principal Robin Sehrt believes that, "Reading is essential in a child's life. At Snow, the staff has worked hard to create a culture of voracious readers. Our students are avidly reading books and are expanding their knowledge. We know that reading is the key to their success in life."

Due to the Scholastic Book Fair fundraising efforts, each student will have a book bag with two fiction and two nonfiction books, hand-selected, at his or her reading level. The teachers and staff of the school know the importance of students reading "good-fit" books which can contribute to their success at reading. Research shows that students take a backward slide in their reading over the summer. With the alarming statistics of students falling behind in school, the staff and parents at Snow knew they could not stand idly by and watch this happen.

With their lofty goal in mind, they took the challenge to the students and it paid off. Principal Sehrt kept her end of the bargain as well. The head custodian, Stan Norman, had a desk and chair waiting for Mrs. Sehrt at her new office on the roof! The kids were very excited to watch as she climbed up the ladder; cheers and applause were overwhelming.

Principal Sehrt spoke to the students about how proud she was of all of them for meeting the goal, but more importantly was the message she shared about the love of reading. When Principal Sehrt told them that they would take home four books, they again cheered. Newark Unified School District's Superintendent, Dr. Dave Marken, joined Principal Sehrt on the roof for her first morning meeting. Dr. Marken is proud of the accomplishment at Snow. A feeling of excitement and the passion for reading was experienced by all.

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