Ellen Smith Reading Day is an annual event where community members are invited in to share their love of reading with students.
Children in grades K-4 are immersed in literacy all day, listening to readers from all walks of life.
“It is a great day to show students that readers are everywhere, whether they are a lineman from Conway Corp, a softball player from UCA, the President of a university (UCA), or the Mayor of Conway” said Miriam Taylor, Instructional Facilitator at Ellen Smith Elementary School. “It is important that students see a love of reading from individuals throughout the community, to connect a passion for reading with a career they may someday choose. We had over 50 readers from throughout our community attend this annual event!”
Reading Day is a favorite among the school's teachers and students alike.
“Students were immediately able to make a connection with the readers, which is something I always love," said Mrs. Reynolds, 3rd grade Teacher at Ellen Smith. "Students in one room were able to hear their pastor read, when we switched again they heard a reader who works with one of our students’ grandfather, one of our students’ parents read to them, and then finally they heard our librarians husband read to them and talk about his family.”
“I got to hear a woman read a story that her mom wrote!" said Archer. "It was a story about a kid who is grumpy because he had to switch schools and he didn’t know anyone there. He felt lonely.”
Ellie in 1st grade said, “I got to hear my daddy read to my class. He told everyone about how electricity works and let us touch some of his equipment. He works at Conway Corp.”
“We heard the mayor read," said Second grader Kimberlynn. "He was really funny and read us lots of stories!”
Maddox, Kindergarten, said “We heard a doctor read (Dr. Murry). He read us a book that he reads to his grandson!”
Ellen Smith’s Annual Reading Day has been a tradition at the school since 2000.
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