More than 50 parents, students, former teachers and administrators, and community volunteers gathered at the school to participate in the program that dedicates about an hour of morning class time to the out-loud reading of grade-level books chosen by the volunteers.
As part of the tradition, Jane Arsenault’s fifth-grade class celebrated her annual contribution, Character Day, dressing up as their favorite book characters in the pre-Halloween spirit.
Anthony Pisacano founded Read Aloud Day when he became school principal 11 years ago in order to demystify reading for his students.
“It’s a celebration of reading and sharing reading with children,” Pisacano said. “One of the best things about the program is that it creates role models within the student body. I have eighth graders volunteer to read to kindergarten and first-grade classes.”
Pisacano made it a point from the get go to establish a wide variety of school-wide programming, and he believes that this has been a major contributor to his school’s Triple A ranking.
Eighth grader and student council member Jessica Wang said she and her peers are currently running a penny harvest to raise money for those who are less fortunate, and are in the planning stages for a food pantry drive to benefit the New Life Church at 82-10 Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst.
Also on the calendar this year is a Treats for Troops Drive, and near the winter holiday season, students will collect pajamas for children in need.
Second grade teacher Christie Nova, who is also the school’s public relations liaison, said that she believes Pisacano’s school wide programming focus is just one of the many reasons why her school is on only a handful of Triple A schools in the city.
“So many good things that are happening here,” said second-grade teacher Christie Nova. “It's a great place to work and for the kids to learn.”