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RAH! (Reading at Home) Night


In the winter, parents of students at Orchard Hill Elementary School in South Windsor, Connecticut, are invited to a special RAH! (Reading at Home) Night. "Our Reading at Home program asks children to log their reading books and hours," explained principal Bridget Braney. The program lasts for several months and culminates in the RAH! evening at school. "Guest readers -- ranging from classroom teachers to local notables, including the school superintendent, local police officers and firemen, retired teachers, older children, and city officials -- read aloud from their favorite books for students," Braney explained. Students move from reader to reader.

Some grade levels even create themed settings for their read-aloud guests, noted Braney. "Last year's fifth-grade students studied the Oregon Trail and used a wagon campfire setting for their read-aloud sessions."