Peterborough Elementary School students and staff participate in Read for the Record

Students Eloise and MacKenna Wilmot with their grandparents Terry and Arthur Roddy.

Students Eloise and MacKenna Wilmot with their grandparents Terry and Arthur Roddy. —CONVAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Justin Bernardi and daughter Hilda Bernardi during the event.

Justin Bernardi and daughter Hilda Bernardi during the event. —PHOTO COURTESY CONVAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Students present the wishing stars they created during the event.

Students present the wishing stars they created during the event. —PHOTO COURTESY CONVAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Parent Alicia Griffiths, daughters Rosie and Wendy and son Tommy create wishing stars as part of the event. 

Parent Alicia Griffiths, daughters Rosie and Wendy and son Tommy create wishing stars as part of the event.  —PHOTO COURTESY CONVAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Parent Kristen Seitz reads aloud to students.

Parent Kristen Seitz reads aloud to students. —PHOTO COURTESY CONVAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Published: 12-05-2023 9:00 AM

Students and staff at Peterborough Elementary School took part in Read for the Record, a global read-aloud experience.

PES joined more than 2 million readers and thousands of classrooms, libraries and communities to celebrate literacy by participating in Read for the Record. PES also participated in the event last year.

As part of the event, PES students and staff gathered in the gymnasium, along with more than a dozen family members and guest readers, for an introduction and welcome to the event, then headed off to classrooms to read together and make a wishing star.

This year’s featured book, “With Lots of Love” by Jenny Torres Sanchez, tells a story about family, finding ways to stay connected and sharing love across distances. The themes of familial relationships, food, celebrations and connecting with loved ones over long distances aim to inspire and comfort young children and families all year long.

Schools can report their involvement online in order to help Read for the Record track participation, and possibly break the record for the highest participation in event history.

“Here at PES, we strive to improve our family engagement and enrich our students’ school experience. Our participation in Read for the Record was just one of the many ways we work to do just that,” stated Principal Larry Pimental. “We are anxiously awaiting the participation results from the event to see if we helped establish a record!”

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Funding for the books and the activities was provided by Title I.