Northport encourages students to read while social distancing

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April is National Poetry and National School Libraries Month. To celebrate that, Northport-East Northport librarians have created a virtual poetry read aloud available to students on Google Classroom.

In the first read aloud, students enjoyed poems including, ‘I Opened a Book,” by Julia Donaldson, “Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich,” by Adam Rex and “How Many, How Much,” by Shel Silverstein.

Librarians from across the district’s schools shared some of their favorite poems and even encouraged young authors to submit videos of themselves reading their own favorite poems or stories to be included in the next read aloud.

In the spirit of reading, Northport’s Dickinson Avenue Elementary School students enjoyed reading along with a special virtual visitor on April 14. Suffolk County Sherriff Errol D. Toulon Jr. met with Principal Laurie Storch, among other Long Island principals, to discuss the importance of reading.

“Reading is a powerful skill that takes you many, many places,” Mrs. Storch said. “Students, as you know, it unlocks your imagination, allowing you to visit the most magical places on earth, especially while we’re all learning from home.”

Sheriff Toulon read “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. “I chose this book because some of us might feel like these are some bad days, but we need to remember that just because we can’t do the things we normally do or see the people we normally see, everything will get better,” he said.
Following the reading, Sheriff Toulon encouraged students to practice their reading and writing skills and provided them with several links to writing and drawing activities that they could do with a family member. When finished, students can share their work with Sheriff Toulon via email to be featured on the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office website.