Bellwood-Antis celebrates Read Across America Week

Prizes awarded across the district to students who celebrate reading


Phoebe Potter

Senior Brennan McKendree reads to a group of elementary students last week as part of Read Across America Week.

Ethan McGee and Jarrett Taneyhill

Last week the Bellwood-Antis High school, middle school, and elementary school participated in the annual Read Across America Week.

The high school English department and library hosted fun activities everyday for students and faculty members to participate in. Activities included door decorating, recreate a book cover day, design a cartoon story, and dress as your favorite book character day.

The Library Club held a trivia contest with a different question and winner each day.  On Monday, the group took high school students to Myers Elementary School.

“Every year we try to celebrate reading and encourage students to have fun with reading.  I was happy this year to start opening up our activities to include Myers. The young people really embrace it,” said chair of the English department, Mr. Kerry Naylor.

On Friday the awards were dished out including prizes from Barnes & Noble for students to spend as they wish in the store.

Phoebe Potter took home the gold in design a book cover, as Shalee  Bennett and Brande Ray were the runners up.  Phoebe wasn’t the only champion of this category. Lily McNelis was the big winner at Myers Elementary.

“It’s great to encourage people to read more by making a cover that is more relevant in today’s standards,” said Phoebe Potter “I also like having the chance to personalize and envision my favorite story through my own perspective.”

The champion for dress as a book character was Millie Gorman, who dressed up as a member of the Slytherin Household from Harry Potter.

Overall Read Across America Week was a huge success at B-A.