Masterminded by our amazing librarian, Jillian Van Ells, this event allowed our entire school community to enjoy a book together and have many conversations about traditions and culture. The day started with 6th grade students taking the lead as teachers during community group time. Our 6th graders planned a lesson for their group that allowed each child to share a favorite food and talk about what memories that food evoked. I think everyone would agree that sixth graders as teachers are the best!
Illustrator Jason Chin was an honored guest. He spoke to the K-2 and 3-6 groups in the multi. The focus of his message was how he was inspired to be an illustrator, what it is like to be an illustrator. His words empowered kids to find and do what they love. One part of his talk that resonated with me was how he explained the cycle that he used to grow his talent. He spoke about the cycle of finding something you love, practicing that skill, getting better and then how getting better contributes to loving what you do and starts the cycle anew.
A huge thank you goes out to our PTO for sponsoring this event. Thank you to our librarian, Jillian Van Ells for the idea. Thank you to the teacher committee who worked to organize the day - Michael Janerico, Caitlin Eastman, Ania White. Katie Cormier, and Courtney Kylander. The day was amazing and enjoyed by children and adults.