High School Book Club partners with Otisville and Minisink Valley elementary schools to host virtual ‘2020 Winter Wonderland Read-Aloud’

Student reading by laptopThe Minisink High School Book Club has reimagined its annual tradition of reading to elementary students in-class this year through a new reading event for the district’s youngest students this holiday season.

Book Club members got together with the principals and teachers of Otisville and Minisink Valley elementary schools and hosted the “2020 Winter Google meet in sessionWonderland Read-Aloud.” Two students worked together with each class to read a book and work on a literature-themed craft project together.

“Seeing as we had to stay virtual, groups of two students got together and provided reading, crafts, discussion and fun through Google Meets,” wrote Skyla Branhart, book club member.  “It was a success student showing how a craft is madeand was quite fun, as well. Students from the Minisink Valley High school paired together to bring the giddy undergraduates something fun. Alongside reading cute books suited for the age, some crafts (that corresponded with the book, of course) were conducted.”

Reading sessions took place Dec. 9 and 16. Book Club Social Chair Coordinator Molly Dubner worked with Olivia Lombardo to organize the event.

“You could see students making snowflakes, cards, coloring, drawing, talking, and so much more,” Skyla added, “all with a smile and a little more holiday cheer.  Despite, all that is happening, students of all ages were able to be brought together (virtually) by a uniquely portable kind of magic which we call reading.”

See more photos on the district’s Facebook page.