Linton Elementary School students take part in ‘Read Around the Planet’ and ‘Read Across North Dakota’
Read Around the Planet 2013 is a celebration of the National Education Association’s “Read Across America,” which was held Feb. 25-March 8. The event is an opportunity for teachers and students around the globe to cross traditional classroom boundaries in celebrating literacy and reading.
Through the use of real time point-to-point videoconferencing technology, the event connects classrooms (students) around the world by celebrating literacy through sharing their favorite story, skit, poem, or literacy works.
Mrs. Denise Pfeifer, K-4 Reading Coach at Linton Elementary School, and Linton High School ITV Coordinator Mrs. Sandra Meidinger, organized the event for Linton School, using the ITV system to interact with students in other schools.
Linton participated in Read Across North Dakota on Feb. 20, where second grade students in Mrs. Lori Jacob’s class exchanged reading with second grade students at Glen Ullin Public School; and students from Mrs. Joan Hettich’s second grade class exchanged reading with fourth grade students at Montpelier Public School.
Linton third grade students (from Mrs. Jaime Richter’s class) participated in Read Around the Planet on Feb. 27, where they exchanged reading with Mr. Anthony Augliano’s third grade class from LaFargeville (NY) Central School. The Linton students recited “Partner Poems” while the New York students read and acted out Dr. Seuss’s classic book, “Green Eggs and Ham.”
Following the reading presentations, the students were able to ask each other questions about their respective schools, and students on both ends were surprised at the differences and similarities between their schools.
LaFargeville is located in northern New York on the east side of Lake Ontario, and about 15 miles from Canada. LaFargeville is a farming community, and has a population of about 2,700 people. The students said the closest shopping center is Syracuse, which is about 75 miles south of LaFargeville.
LaFargeville Central has about 600 students (K-12), and the school’s nickname is the Red Knights. La- Fargeville has several athletic programs offered at the school, but they do not include football, wrestling or track. LaFargeville does have soccer, baseball and softball as varsity sports. The Linton students were also treated to a slide show tour of LaFargeville Central School.
The New York students were surprised that Linton was smaller than their city, and that North Dakota has several small communities, and very few large cities. The students enjoyed communicating with each other, while sharing information about their communities and schools.