Annual Book Character Parade Supports Literacy

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Popular book personas, fairytale characters and superheroes paraded across  Reinhard’s auditorium stage to the delight of parents and faculty during the school’s annual Book Character parade, held on Oct. 31. Students briefly posed with their teachers before marching around the auditorium and to their seats, where they participated in a singalong of Halloween tunes, under the direction of music teacher Randi Andersen.

Principal Patricia Castine noted that the event ties in with the district’s literacy program and initiatives. “This is a literacy emergent time of their lives,” she said to the parents. “The best thing you can do is read to your child every night.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Famularo was also on hand to view the impressive and creative costumes. He said the annual tradition, which has taken place for more than 20 years, “not only allows for students to display their creativity but ties in with the district’s literacy initiatives.”