• 45°

Reading at GES is in BOE spotlight

“A huge hit.”

That’s how Griggs Elementary School principal Angel Lasher described a new program for all grades that started at the school in November called “Read Across the Rainbow.”

The principal said students want to read and they want to read different genres of books.

The kids agreed as they explained how the program works during the school spotlight segment at last month’s Board of Education meeting.

A few charms and some other “rewards” also helped put the icing on the cake for students.

A group of third and fourth graders talked about cards they get with different categories of books listed. As they read the books, at home and at school, and fill out the categories, they get to go charm shopping on Fridays when they pick a charm from a wide variety of options. It was apparent the charms are a big hit, as kids talked about picking a soccerball charm, a surf board, Mickey Mouse, a Pittsburgh Steelers charm.

But, they were also excited to find out they liked different types of books, like mysteries and histories, fantasies and facts, electricity and magnetism, and books they’ve never seen before.

And those special “rewards” encouraged kids to keep reading. When the school reached its 5,000 book goal, the principal and assistant principal dressed in tutus and tiaras. At 7,000, they get a Pajama Day at school. And at 10,000 they get to zap their principal with Silly String.

The excitement about reading is spreading. Lasher noted that the recent family reading night at the school drew more than 80 families, the best turnout she said she’s seen in the five years she has been principal at Griggs. She also expects the program to help boost reading scores at the school.

The audience also picked up on the excitement, giving the students a round of applause for their achievements and enthusiasm.

News

Man brandishing rifle shot by police in North Carolina

News

North Carolina promises more vaccines for providers hit by shortfalls

News

NC jobless aid office addressing millions in overpayments

News

Man hits two deer with new car, then discovered he hit $2M in lottery

News

Dare County budget amendments aim to help county employees

News

Local photographer sparks debate over mysterious flying object in the night sky

News

Teen sustains life-threatening injuries in Kill Devil Hills crash

News

The magnificent frigatebird, a rare visitor to the Outer Banks

Lifestyles

Dare County Library announces virtual enrichment series

News

Manteo returning to subscription-based recycling service

News

Federal report says pandemic hit seafood industry hard

Hyde

UPDATED: Hyde County man fatally shot while duck hunting Monday afternoon

News

Large-scale events in other parts of NC mean fewer doses of COVID-19 vaccine for Dare and other counties

News

Transition to mass vaccination sites irks NC health systems

Crime

Sheriff: Two North Carolina children abandoned in Mississippi; one dies

Crime

Kill Devil Hills man charged with gun violations

News

Grandma’s lucky numbers win Sampson County woman half of Cash 5 jackpot

News

NC-bound plane returns to gate after being hit by bird during takeoff

News

North Carolina, Catawba tribe ink casino revenue agreement

Currituck

Currituck Extension offers on-demand cooking and food preservation classes

Hyde

Hyde County Schools announces 2020-21 Beginning Teacher of the Year

News

North Carolina field hospital helps fight coronavirus surge

News

New coronavirus variant shows up in North Carolina

News

North Carolina weekly gas price update: Prices down slightly from last week