NORFOLK — A program that encourages students to read at Norwood-Norfolk Elementary School had some extra helping hands this year.

The Bonkers for Books program is sponsored by the school’s PTSA, and Richelle Reid, a parent from the PTSA, said both organizations and individuals assisted this year.

“This year the Varsity Club, Brandi LaDue (work study) and National Honor Society have all played a huge role in our elementary literacy program. I cannot thank Mrs. Rachel Cook (Varsity Club adviser), the two clubs and the work study student Brandi LaDue enough for all of their help,” Ms. Reid said.

Each Bonkers for Book event contains special activities associated with the book, and she said the clubs and Ms. LaDue were active in that planning.

“Brandi worked tirelessly putting together our craft ideas, making scavenger hunts, printing items and making sure a note was backpacked home each month,” Ms. Reid said.

She said members of the Varsity Club attended the Bonkers for Books events from February to April and planned all of May’s events.

“Each month members would help set up, help the kids with crafts, read books, execute games and help clean up. Their work and time they have given back to these kids has not gone unnoticed. These are the interactions that the younger kids will see and aspire towards. They are scholars, athletes and most of all, great role models for our young students,” Ms. Reid said.

She called the last Bonkers for Books “an amazing event to see.”

“The National Honor Society purchased new books for every student who attended to take home, promoting literacy. The Varsity Club planned a scavenger hunt that promoted the Flyer themes, and they provided green and gold snacks for the students. I got to see elementary and high school students sitting together and interacting in such a positive way. I hope these students know how something that seems so small can become something so much bigger,” she said.

“It’s wonderful to see our older children supporting our younger children. Success leads to success,” Superintendent James Cruikshank said.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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