Hundreds of students and families enjoyed a night of reading and snacking together at the second annual Turtle Creek Elementary School Reading Restaurant Night.
Each classroom in the school was turned into a “restaurant” that featured snacks and food related to the theme of books available to read in the room.
Parents and students visited multiple classrooms on the night, sampling the staff-made goodies and reading great books together.
“It’s different than reading in class,” first-grade teacher Kirsten Andreoni told the Janesville Gazette. “If you see mom or dad reading, you realize that it’s important. It’s something you want to do, or that you look forward to.
“And for mom and dad, it’s different too. They see what reading their child enjoys. It opens them up too.”
Andreoni told a Gazette reporter that it was a unique experience for teachers to watch their students interacting with parents. She said it’s very clear that some students read with their parents often. For some, it’s a new experience.
“The teachers just kind of stand back and watch. It’s not an academic night. It’s about having fun and spending time reading with family,” Andreoni told the Gazette.
“It’s about the love of kids, the love of food and the love of reading.”
For the full Gazette story and links to a few photos, click here. The story appeared on the front page of the Saturday, March 2, 2013, edition of the paper.