World Read Aloud Day, or week rather, was a huge success. We did not let the fact that we could not invite guests into our school this year deter us from celebrating the power of reading aloud. We are very thankful for all of the guests who shared video recordings with us.
Our first World Read Aloud Day guest was Monique Massiah. Monique is a multimedia journalist and afternoon news anchor with Strathmore Now. She is a huge supporter of Brentwood School and makes a concerted effort to share some of our "stories" with the wider community. Last year, for example, she attended our World Read Aloud Day event at the school and later wrote a newspaper article about it. She read The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza. The wolf in this book loves to eat more than anything in the world, and one day he has a terrible craving for chicken stew. Listen to what happens as he plots to devour a chicken he encounters one day. The ending may surprise you!
Tuesday's World Read Aloud Day link is of Strathmore Deputy Chief, Judy Unsworth, reading Robert Munsch's The Fire Station. Judy has over 20 years of experience in fire fighting. She has been a volunteer firefighter, Regional Chief, Director of Emergency Management and now Deputy Chief. As Deputy Chief, Judy has many responsibilities including attending and investigating fire responses, assisting with the development of bylaws, and planning how the fire team will respond to disasters. These are just a few of her many responsibilities. Judy also is a huge advocate for supporting women in the fire fighting field and is a founding member of Women Fire Chiefs and Company Officers Network.
Our third read aloud guest was Strathmore's very own mayor, Mr. Fule! Mr. Fule read Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds. Mayor Fule is a former high school English and Physical Education teacher of 34 years. He became a member of Strathmore’s Town Council 10 years ago and has been our Mayor since 2017. He has spent many hours coaching children in both school and community programs and has even helped coach our Badgers Basketball teams at Brentwood!
Thursday's read-aloud guest was Mme. Schiller (a.k.a. Mme. Eastman's mom). Mme. Schiller is a retired French teacher who taught for 30 years. She has a connection to Brentwood School, not only as Mme. Eastman's mom, but also as a weekly yoga instructor for the Mme. Eastman's grade 2/3 class. She will be reading, in French,
We were super excited to announce our final World Read Aloud guest.......our very own......Mrs. Barrie! She read and laughed along to The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith. We hope everyone enjoys our final read aloud as much as we did. Mrs. Barrie will likely have you laughing alongside her.