In August, I wrote about wanting to toot YOUR horn…I feel like many school librarians do not share the amazing things they do in their libraries, so I want to do it for you!
Last week (in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday), I got a chance to see Lugoff-Elgin High School’s Literacy Express in action. This program is fun, easy, and is making a HUGE impact. I think that with a little bit of planning, this program can be easily replicated at other schools. Here’s the scoop!
The school librarian, Anne Lemieux (ROCK STAR), was inspired to start the Literacy Express a few years ago after taking some of her high school students to an elementary school in her district to read for Real Men Read Day. Her students had such a great time (as did the elementary school students), that she decided to go to elementary schools on a regular basis from then on and the Literacy Express was born! Students hop on a bus a few times a year (Read Across America Day, before Winter Break, Halloween, etc.) and visit multiple elementary schools. They also attend our state wide Read In as well as their school district’s Read In. The Literacy Express breaks up into four groups – one adult with about 20 students. Each group takes a bus to their assigned elementary school. From there, they coordinate the visit with the elementary school librarian. They are only gone for their first period. Lemieux has the students get permission from the teachers of the classes they will miss. They also get pizza at lunch.
When I visited last week for Read Across America Day, Lemieux had almost 80 high schoolers reading at 4 different elementary schools! The high school students went to classrooms, read books and talked about themselves as readers. One high school student told me that she loves reading to the elementary school students because she remembers that when she was in elementary school she did not enjoy reading very much and it was a struggle for her. She said she likes to share that with the younger students with the hope that they will see that even if they are struggling with reading now, things will get better.
HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!