EES Readasaurus party goes ‘under the waves’
EPHRAIM—Last Friday, Jan. 27, Ephraim Elementary School (EES) held their annual Readasaurus’ birthday party to celebrate the school’s reading and library program.
According to Heather Harward, EES secretary, students helped Readasaurus, the school mascot reading dinosaur, celebrated his 36th birthday with a day of assemblies, games, reading and cake. This year’s theme was “Dive Into A Good Book.”
Harward says students were encouraged to dress as their favorite sea creatures or wear their pajamas.
Shauna Wayman, EES librarian, organized the day for the students.
Miss Ephraim 2016 Lundyn Wood, came to start off the day by reading the Readasaurus proclamation to the kids.
Wayman, music teacher Mary Witt and EES Principal Gannon Jones presented an ocean themed assembly to get students enthusiastic about reading. Each student got to take home a free book from the library provided through a special grant.
Several Snow College student-athletes, Manti High School students, Wood, and community and PTA volunteers visited classrooms as guest readers and helped make the day a success, Harward said.
The PTA also provided games during lunch recess for the students.
“The purpose of this special day is to celebrate our school mascot, get a book in every student’s hand and get children excited about reading,” Harward said.
During the day, for every 15 minutes of reading, students were able to strike a gong and tally points. When the students had earned enough points, Jones received a fun surprise.
This year Principal Jones had to “dive” onto a slip and slide covered in jello, pudding and dish soap. Selected students from each grade level got to attack him with silly string, shaving cream and baby powder. “The principal is always a good sport, and Mrs. Wayman creates an awesome experience each year,” Harward said. “Thanks to everyone who helped.”