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Read-a-thon is another huge success

100 Days of SchoolThe Montgomery C. Smith Intermediate School held its annual Read-a-thon on Friday, February 13. This all-day event celebrated and promoted literacy through a number of fun educational activities. The theme for this year’s celebration was “100 days of school,” as the day fell very close to this landmark.

The day began with an opening ceremony that included a talent show by faculty members and students. Faculty presented musical numbers and dance performances. The MCSIS jazz band performed as well. Students even enjoyed a jump-rope routine and a beat-box number by two AmeriCorps members.

The celebration permeated through classrooms throughout the day. Teachers brought in “guest readers” to read to students. Students built projects and did lessons that centered around the theme of “100 days.” They took part in a special writing assignment, and had lots of reading time. Each teacher came up with unique activities for their classroom. Many students came to school in their pajamas for optimal reading comfort.

Students were asked to collect pledges in exchange for their reading time leading up to the big event. The students who collected the most pledges earned special prizes. Other prizes were given away at random. Mrs. Murphy’s, Ms. Clark’s, Mrs. Parmentier’s, Mrs. Huemmer’s, and Mrs. Semanick's classes all won for the most pledges raised as a class. Proceeds went toward the HOPE Organization, which in the past has donated much of the money to the Hudson Book Festival, PBIS, and the Nature’s Classroom program.Together, the school raised over $6,000!

The day finished with a surprise “flash mob” in which teachers danced to the song “Uptown Funk.” The dance was choreographed by gym teacher Karrie Cox. Teachers handed out books after the dance. Overall, the event was another wonderful success.