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'Camping Out' At School To Read

Published: October 28, 2017 at 12:00 am

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Kindergartener Elin Lohmann, front, using finger lights, reads with her mom, Tyra, and dad, Herb. The finger light flashlights were different colors and given out to participants at the event.  (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Kindergartener Elin Lohmann, front, using finger lights, reads with her mom, Tyra, and dad, Herb. The finger light flashlights were different colors and given out to participants at the event. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Asher Grogan holds up a lizard toy he named "Smile," while his mother, Jennifer, reads. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Asher Grogan holds up a lizard toy he named "Smile," while his mother, Jennifer, reads. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Sandy Hook Elementary School students in kindergarten to second grade and their families snuggled up outside the school on October 18 for a "Camp Read A Lot" Literacy Night. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Sandy Hook Elementary School students in kindergarten to second grade and their families snuggled up outside the school on October 18 for a "Camp Read A Lot" Literacy Night. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Carrying flashlights, sleeping bags or blankets, and books, Sandy Hook Elementary School students in kindergarten to second grade entered the school on the evening of October 18, ready to read.

Students and their families were invited to attend the literacy night event. Signs pointed the way outside and people greeted the avid readers with small multicolored flashlights that attached to their finger tips.

Once outside, more signs reflected signage one might find in an actual campground, such as "Please do not feed the bears." Mock campfires were set up around the outdoor space, using faux candles and faux logs.

Language Arts Consultant Cynthia McArthur organized the hourlong event. As students and their families were getting comfortable, Ms McArthur noted she could hear crickets chirping as the evening sky turned darker. Along with the finger flashlights, Ms McArthur said the school also had extra books at the ready, in case students needed more reading material.

"I just love the simplicity... the best thing you can do with your child is sit down and read," said Ms McArthur, as families were doing just that around her.

The evening also included kindergarten teacher Kathy Gramolini reading aloud for a group of students and family members.

A literacy night for third and fourth graders is planned for later in the school year.

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
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“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
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“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
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Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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Total votes: 2