The Valdosta Daily Times
Hahira Middle School joined the world Wednesday to celebrate the written word in honor of World Read Aloud Day.
Throughout the course of the eight-hour day, hundreds of students and teachers from HMS were given the chance to read excerpts from their favorite books and poems as well as some of their personal works aloud with others.
Carter Holley, a sixth-grader participating in World Read Aloud Day at HMS, said, “I really like to read. Reading lets me get away from things. I also like to read to take me places that I wouldn’t usually be able to go or enjoy laughs or action that I wouldn’t normally have.”
During the event, students of all ages gathered in the HMS media center to hear not only from students and staff that they knew, but some whom they did not know. Thanks to Google Hangout, the students could hear readings from other schools, too. Some other schools participating included Pine Grove Middle School, Lowndes High School and Clarke Middle School in Athens. Lowndes County School Superintendent Wes Taylor and Director of Technology Al Rowell read to the students through Google Hangout.
“This allows us to share works and creativity with other people that are younger and older than us. It’s good to read with older people because they can help us understand more complex things like words or phrases that we don’t understand,” said Holley.
This is the first time that HMS has participated in the worldwide event. Lindsey Raulerson, HMS media specialist, organized the program.
“I just wanted to give the kids a chance to be part of something bigger than themselves. I like doing school-wide events because it promotes the feeling of family and community within the school. This program also goes along with our literacy goals to get students reading more,” said Raulerson.
Students came to the media center in rotations throughout the day. Most students were able to participate in the event and many teachers, even those who are not English teachers, brought their classes.
“Ms. Raulerson is a phenomenal media specialist. She does a great job of networking our school with other schools and involving technology. She gives our students an opportunity to do something outside of the classroom while still being at the school. Through this, our students are able to share thoughts and ideas with others,” said Danny Orozco, a HMS seventh-grade science teacher.
School administration was also invited to read during the event. HMS Principal Janet Hendley read “Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig” during World Read Aloud Day.
Hendley said, “This really shows the importance of reading and how much we value reading. This is a neat way, too, for me to share literacy with the students by reading to them, which is something that I don’t usually get to do. This really shows them that reading can be fun.”