Norton Park Elementary Kicks Off “Lights, Camera, Read!” Campaign With “Celebrity” Red Carpet Event

Norton Park student 'paparazzi' took photos on the red carpet.

Norton Park student 'paparazzi' took photos on the red carpet.

Lights, Camera, Read! That’s what Norton Park Elementary Eagles are saying about their new reading campaign, the Reading-Eagle (Regal) Awards. “I’m excited I get to read so many books again this year… It helps me learn,” fourth grade student Justina told her “Eagle-tainment Tonight” correspondent as she was interviewed at the Reading-Eagle (Regal) Awards Kick-Off. The ‘stars’ all came out to celebrate reading!

The red carpet was rolled out and fourth graders Justina and Skylar were among the many celebrities seen at the Distinguished Title I school in Smyrna. “Justin Bieber,” “Oprah,” “Beyonce,” Atlanta native “Cee Lo Green” and others made surprise appearances to share their love of reading with the students. All talked about the importance of books in their lives, and how reading is a big and important part of their lives today. “Miley Cyrus” explained that her love of reading helps her on her television show and in her movie roles. “Oprah” recalled her favorite book – Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan – which happens to be Norton Park’s “Book of the Month.” She told students that she started her own book club to share her love of reading with others and now millions of people read with her every month.

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The real Hollywood stars are busy reading their scripts and the latest great novel so Norton Park faculty played the parts of the many celebrities. The red carpet was a big hit with students, who learned all about the campaign that offers incentives at the ten, twenty and thirty book marks. Everything from popcorn and movie parties to Reading-Eagles t-shirts is coming to students who read thirty books, write thirty standards-based responses or complete Accelerated Reader comprehension tests during the 2011-12 school year. The annual book campaign helps students stay focused on their reading goals and enjoy the camaraderie of school-wide participation in an exciting and rewarding campaign.

Entry submitted by Jennifer Gates, teacher at Norton Park Elementary