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Celebrating Women's History Month

Women’s History Month in Laura Iacampo’s second-grade class started big and ended small. The students learned about the contributions to the U.S. and the world by notable women, then turned their eyes toward women who have made an impact in their own lives.
 
The celebration began with the class reading “Minty,” a story of the life of a young Harriet Tubman. As a companion activity, each student created a sunflower that expressed a dream or goal on each of the petals.
 
Next up, the class watched a YouTube reading of the book “She Persisted,” which described 13 extraordinary women who broke new ground, triumphed over adversity, or helped make the world a better place. The notable women profiled included those past and present, famous and lesser known. The students learned about the work of Nelly Bly, a pioneer in the field of investigative journalism. They were introduced to the contributions of Virginia Apgar, a New Jersey-born physician who helped combat infant mortality. And learned how civil rights activists Ruby Bridges and Claudette Colvin became leaders of a movement that changed the nation.
 
Biographies of contemporary women such as Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, and Sonia Sotomayor were also presented in the book
 
“We had a beautiful class discussion where the students shared what they learned,” said Iacampo. “They learned to never give up, to never stop trying and to believe in your dreams. For me, I wanted them to learn that each of us has talents and gifts to share with the world.”
 
Students also read profiles of important women during their independent reading.
 
The month wrapped up with the personal. Each student interviewed a woman in their own lives who they admire and created a Google Slides presentation that they shared with their peers. The presentations listed proudest achievements, greatest challenges, and ways the chosen women serve as role models.


 

Tinc Road celebrates the joy of reading

Two cohorts = twice the fun!

Read Across America Day, the national reading celebration held annually on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, is normally a week-long event at Tinc Road. But with in-person instruction split into two alternating cohorts, the festivities and focus on reading lasted for two weeks. Spirit days were repeated, giving students at home and in person two opportunities to wear their favorite hats/Seuss hats and dress as their favorite book characters, among other fun dress-up days.

This year, the reading celebration had a distinctly local theme: pirates – a nod to the district mascot, the marauder. Each day, students were digitally sent a treasure map which they could access at home or in school as directed by their teachers. On each map were book landmarks; clicking on a book brought up a video pop-up window of a teacher or member of the school community reading the chosen book aloud. In past years, guest readers visited the school to personally read to students.

“We wanted to bring the school and the community together even though we are apart because of this pandemic,” said Christina Capone, Tinc Road’s reading specialist and coordinator of the schoolwide RAA events. “The reading videos were geared to not only emphasize the enjoyment of reading, but also give parents ways to add fun reading strategies at home.”

Since 2021 is the 150th anniversary of the township of Mount Olive, historical information about the town and school district were also included on the treasure maps each day. By clicking on a marauder icon, students would see slide show presentations and photos about Mount Olive, then and now.

The school parent organization and the Education Association of Mount Olive kicked off Tinc Road’s reading celebration. The PTO raised more than $17,000 through a read-a-thon. Online donations – which came from areas all over the world including Denmark, the UK, and Canada – were made for students reading at home. More than 70,000 minutes of reading time was logged during the event. The money raised will be used for an outdoor classroom.

A grant from the education association funded the purchase of two books for every student in the school – that's nearly 1,000 in total. Capone selected the titles, choosing appropriate-level books for each grade.

School counselor Lisa Barba and school nurse Geri Sullivan arranged the guest readers.

Teachers Sharon Enea and Laura Iacampo compiled the historical information and created the presentations.


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