Educators put entire school on track to enhance reading; Literacy Walk open to all – Southgate News Herald

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Educators at Wegienka Elementary School are making sure its students stay on track with their reading skills, and the school’s new Literacy Walk is going to help accomplish that.
The quarter-mile pathway, which is open to the public, is a walking trail that features pages of a book at various stopping points from beginning to end.
The school, in the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District, received a $6,000 grant from a local philanthropic organization to create the outdoor walk.
The donor asked to be kept anonymous.
The walk includes aluminum posts with fiberglass boxes stationed throughout.
Inside each box is a page of a book and at the end of the walk, a QR code can be scanned to take readers to the author’s website.
The book inside the boxes will be updated each month and focus on a character trait.
October is the first full month for the reading campaign that also has an emphasis on exercising.
Although a book was only displayed for a brief period of time in September, the character trait focused on kindness.
This month’s book is “Hey Little Ant,” by Philip and Hannah Hoose and its character trait is empathy.
Other themes throughout the school year will be November: gratitude; December: integrity; January: tolerance; February: compassion; March: honesty; April: respect; May: patience; and June: determination.
According to Principal Michelle Briegel, it was Sarah Noto, the school’s speech and language teacher, who saw a similar program while visiting Wyandotte and brought the concept to Wegienka.
The program was supported and assisted by Stephanie Guimond, the reading intervention instructor.
According to the principal, there are 20 reading stations along the trail.
The district covered the cost to install them.
All classrooms are partnered up to read a book together.
“They are really, really excited about this,” Briegel said. “There is also a Little (Free) Library in the front of the school.”
The principal hopes when children are done on the Literacy Walk, they will get a book to take home from the library.
An assembly was held recently in conjunction with a ribbon cutting to officially open the walkway.
School Supt. Mark Greathead attended the ceremony, along with members of the Board of Education.
Students and teachers spoke and poems were read.
The entire school, which included about 475 students, walked the path as a highlight of the festivities.
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