In celebration of National School Library Day over 8,500 Kamloops/Thompson students and staff participated in Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R)! Whether in the gymnasium, a science lab or the school library, on October 22th at 11:00 students and staff dropped everything and read something of choice for 20 minutes. SD73 teacher-librarians coordinated a variety of events leading up to the day including pajama day, decorate your door for DEAR, group and buddy reading activities, communicating with authors and reading challenges. A number of special guests also visited schools including: school trustees, Kamloops Blazers, Cat in the Hat and local media personnel. Students read a variety of choice material such as magazines, nonfiction materials, picture books, stories on e-readers, comics, webpages, articles on ipads and print newspapers.
D.E.A.R began in 2007 when Surrey teacher-librarian Bonnie Chapman shared a literacy promotion idea at a professional learning conference. She along with her colleagues recognized the importance of promoting reading for pleasure. They understood the strong correlation between daily reading and reading achievement. In 2008 a number of teacher-librarians across the province including Karen Lindsay and Al Smith began preparations to launch a province-wide literacy promotion event. D.E.A.R continues to grow in our district, in British Columbia and on a national level. Check out Nelson, BC’s Jeff Yasinchuk’s blog to learn more about DEAR: http://dropeverythingandreadbc.ca/