Dundee students learn where reading can take them

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Friday's Reading Carnival included a variety of fun activities.

Dundee Elementary School students celebrated reading all last week during Read Across America week with special activities each day, culminating Friday with a Reading Carnival.

Teacher Julie Dunkelberger, who organized the activities explains, “The point of this week is to show students how fun reading and writing can be, but also all the places you can go knowing how to us these skills.”

This year’s reading theme, “Reading Takes You Places,” inspired the transportation-themed carnival, where students used tickets they earned for reading all year to play games, get treats, and try to win prizes during their visit to the carnival.

The theme was expanded to “Writing Takes You Places” on Wednesday when speakers met with third through sixth-grade students to talk about how writing is important in their life and occupation.

Speakers were Pam Rapoza, who spoke on directing theater productions; Craig Fryburger, who talked about writing scripts for the school’s afternoon meeting; Eric Hansen, a farmer at Hansen farms in Stanley who also journals about deer; Mike Shea, a freelance outdoor writer; Brittany Gibson, who spoke about tourism and marketing for Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce; Jill Dillon, who spoke about her work at Yates County Department of Social Services; Angela Fishbaugh, a teacher who is also a published author; Evan Dillon, a singer/songwriter; Chad Betts, a Yates County Deputy with a K-9 partner; Gwen Chamberlain, editor of The Chronicle-Express; and Joel Pinckney, who talked about sports writing.

At the same time, guest readers visited Pre-K through second-grade classrooms with a variety of books. They were Marylee Ashby, Kelly Houck, Laurie Halbert, Taylor Howell, Aggie Woodard, Deputy Rick Simpson, and local children’s book author Sheri Bone.

The week began Monday with students signing reading oaths. Other activities were Dress in Green Day and Crazy Sock Day in honor of Dr. Seuss and Green Eggs and Ham and Fox in Socks.

Singer/songwriter Billy Montana addressed the students from Nashville via a remote video connection to talk about the places writing has taken him.