Article: Pajamas, Popcorn and Paperbacks at CRS

Pajamas, Popcorn and Paperbacks at CRS

A cafeteria full of families and students sitting on mats in their pajamas and reading

Chestnut Ridge Elementary School hosted its first Pajamas, Popcorn and Paperbacks Reading Night on Oct. 24. Shortly after the doors opened at 6 p.m., the school cafeteria was filled with scores of excited students, younger siblings, parents and family members. Many wore warm, comfy pajamas and brought blankets and pillows and books — lots of books. They came prepared to settle in for a special night of reading together.

Many of the school’s teachers and administrators were on hand, taking turns as guest readers. The brave ones wore their pajamas or costumes. From the Cat in the Hat to Mary Poppins and Snow White, each guest reader attracted their own eager fans. Readers included Principal Kim Hale, Assistant Principal Jennifer Dixon, librarian Colleen Wilson, teachers Kerry Burnett, Brittany Colombo, Cassandra King, Crystal Leddon, Amy Lockamyeir, Jackie Magiera and Jodi Piontkowski. Also sharing a favorite book was a visitor from the Chili Public Library, Wendy Saxena-Smith.

The literacy party was hosted by the CRS Parent Teacher Organization (CRSPTO). “We have a very strong, extremely creative group of volunteers in our PTO,” said CRSPTO secretary and substitute teacher Kelly Lamb, whose idea sparked the night of reading. “We are always looking for new ways to bring our community together for the benefit of our kids. This free event brought families out for a night of fun with friends, to meet neighbors and teachers in an informal atmosphere built around reading. Reading with your children brings families closer and events like this can help build a life-long love for reading.” 

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