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School play gets kids excited about reading


Teachers and other staff at AGWSR Elementary School showed their "silly" side to the pre-K through third grade students in a performance of The Polar Express.

"We did this several years ago when the movie first came out, and it was a huge success. Those children moved on to the other building so we decided it was time to do it again," said media specialist Beth Janssen.

The performance serves three purposes for the students. First, it's a fun way to send the students off on winter break. also, with limited funding for field trips due to budget cuts, the school came up with the idea of in-school field trips once or twice a year. Finally, it's a celebration of "RED" Day, which happens twice a year and stands for Read Every Day.

Each student gets a new book to take home at no cost, thanks to the school's parent group.

All week the students read the Polar Express and had classroom activities based around the book.

"That's something we're always encouraging. Kids to read, read, read. When we can tie an activity to an actual literature piece and get the kids excited in that piece it transfers to other things to read," said principal Teresa Keninger.

The 157 students got quite a kick out of seeing their teachers dressed up. All the set designs for the performance were drawn by the third graders.

At the end of the performance, the students compared the teachers' version to the actual book. Another lesson in literature and creativity for students at AGWSR. One they'll certainly remember for a long time to come.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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