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World Read-aloud Day Brings Authors into our Schools!

North Merrick students interacted with several authors, from remote locations throughout the United States and Canada, for World Read-aloud Day (WRAD) on February 5. WRAD is a global initiative sponsored by Lit World and Scholastic to highlight the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.

North Merrick made this a district-wide virtual storytelling event and utilized Skype and Google Hangout to connect the students with authors near and far, including North Merrick teacher Melissa Farrell who read from her book, Merry Christmas, Frankie!

Other authors involved in the program were: Timm Holmes (with his picture book Peanut Butter and Dragon), Laura Roettiger (with her picture book Aliana Reaches for the Moon), Matt Forest Esenwine (with his poetic prose in Flashnight Night), Elaine Vickers (with her chapter book Like Magic), and Rob Vlock (with his chapter book Sven Carter and the Trashmouth Effect). In addition, North Merrick firefighter David Ward read his favorite storybook Firefighters by Norma Simon and took the youngsters on a virtual tour of the North Merrick firehouse. 

Christine Talbot, the district’s Technology and Library Media Coordinator, scheduled the day with 36 classes from Camp Avenue, H.D. Fayette and Old Mill Road Schools. The classes also received copies of the books for their libraries.