By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer
Northborough – Lincoln Street School students and their families were invited to wear their pajamas for a special evening program “Stories and Sundaes” Oct. 16, sponsored by the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization.
“We wanted to host an event with the PTO to welcome everyone back and this was a great way to kick off the school year with a celebration of reading and ice cream sundaes,” Principal Jen Parson said. “We had about two hundred people respond to say they were coming and with a school of three hundred students, that’s a really great turnout.”
According to Parson, parents and staff read “a favorite story or one that really appealed to them” to the students. A schedule allowed participants to choose which book they wanted to hear read. Following the reading, families headed to the cafeteria for sundaes.
Fifteen classrooms, each decorated with a different theme, were set up throughout the school. Themes included “Dare to be Scared,” “Dr. Seuss,” “Books are Bewitching,” and “Eat Your Vegetables Or Else.”
Even Parson got in the spirit of being one of the readers and introduced a story titled “One” by Kathryn Otoshi.
“The story’s message is quite powerful and is about standing up for what is right as well as accepting people’s differences,” she explained.
Reading Specialist Liz Mathews and Librarian Leigh King were involved in the planning of this program and were instrumental in its success.
PTO Co-chair Marci Mayo was really excited for this event and its ties to literacy.
“Fostering a love of reading at the elementary school age is so important and an event like this appeals to the whole family,” she said.