by Audrey Campbell
College Place, Wash., March 21, 2013 - What's better than a party? How about a Party-in-a-Box Reading Day? On Wednesday, Feb. 6, the fifth and sixth graders at Rogers Adventist School in College Place, Wash., participated in an all-day reading event inspired by the "Party-in-a-Box" program from Pacific Press, a Seventh-day Adventist Publishing company. The teachers set aside the other curriculum for the day to allow students to enjoy and practice the life-long skill of reading. Throughout the day the teachers drew student names for prizes such as 'Reading is Fun' t-shirts, Frisbees, and free books all included in the box from Pacific Press. Other items in the "Party-in-a-Box" were snacks, pencils, magnets, and a catalog for each student. The teachers' hope was that this would be a fun day for their students.
Lauren thought Reading Day was awesome! She loved the fact that students could bring pillows and blankets. "We could also do puzzles like crossword puzzles or Sudoku, says Lauren. "I really liked that, too."
"It was fun to have peace and quiet," remarked Calin. "I was able to get caught up on my reading. I finished one and a half books!"
Sydney enjoyed being able to lie down and read all day. She also liked the fact that they could choose to sit anywhere they wanted. "I also liked the prizes."
"It was fun to have something different," commented Justin. "I liked that we could be with our friends more."
Reading Day was also a way to encourage students to read good character-building material and to continue to develop a life-long interest in reading and learning.