Pope Elementary celebrates reading
Pope Elementary students celebrate reading
Posted on 02/05/2018
Pope Elementary students celebrate reading

It was all about reading. Hundreds came to join in as the day began with pancakes served by  sheriff’s deputies, a firefighter, and WATCH D.O.G.S.

The Love of Reading event was held at Pope Elementary on Saturday, February 3. Students, staff, and community members were invited. It began with breakfast in the gym and was followed by reading events held throughout the school.

Guest readers included local author Amanda Noll, King County Firefighter Adam Lindner whose wife is a teacher at Pope, and Detective Sgt. Gary Sanders, Detective Lindsay Kirkegaard, and Deputy Zach Bregel  from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Students were also guest readers to a therapy dog named Leonidas, who sat quietly listening intently as one by one students entered the library and read him a book of their choosing.

“I loved seeing our Pope families having fun with reading
activities and enjoying quality time together.”
Pope Elementary Principal Krista Bates
 

Students were allowed to choose 1-2 books which were donated by community members to take home with them. Pierce County Library staff were on-hand to issue them a free public library card. There were games and activities offered in classrooms throughout the school — supported by staff members.

Glacier View students volunteered their time checking in and directing families and helping with the breakfast.

In honor of fallen Deputy Daniel McCartney, $154 donations were raised for his family.

The event was sponsored by the Learning Assistance Program (LAP). The LAP staff assist students in grades K-4 with literacy.

Pope Principal Krista Bates said, “It was so nice to have Pierce County deputies, a firefighter, an author, a therapy dog, and so many staff serving our Pope community. I loved seeing our Pope families having fun with reading activities and enjoying quality time together.”

Nancy French
frenchnl@puyallup.k12.wa.us