RACINE — The Southern Local Elementary School recently celebrated the importance of reading with a Literacy Night event dubbed Reading Is Magical! — Family Night.
Over 400 students and family members were treated to a host of ‘magical’ events including the grand finale — a magic show by touring professional magician “Tricky Chaz.”.
The evening began with presentations on stage in the gymnasium where members of the SHS drama club presented a pirate oriented skit called Twas the Night Before Bookfair. The group consisting of McKenzie Ferrell, Valerie Ritchhart, Larissa Petrie and Kita Wood was quite a hit with students. The Kindergarten class performed the song Magic while performing some magic of their own, and the first grade performed Oh, Oh, It’s Magic. The third grade class ended the opening act with a rendition of Puff The Magic Dragon.
Act II of the mystical, magic journey took place in various classrooms and the school hallways. The second grade class presented a Reader’s Theater of Jack and the Beanstalk. “Books Ahoy, The Magic Reading! Fun and Games Abound” took place in the music room, while refreshments were provided in the cafetorium.
Other projects and displays along the galley were Magic Wands, preschool; Magic Rocks, first grade; Beanstalks, second grade; Summaries of Pete’s Dragon, third grade; Magic Tricks and Display Boards, fourth grade; Research of Famous Magicians, fifth grade; and Diorama’s and Whirligigs seventh grade.
The sixth grade hosted “The Magic Hat and Activity” event, while guests enjoyed a magically decorated corridor. The Magic Theme was carried out throughout the school. Mr. Chris Stout’s Connects class had some of the magically mechanical props on display.
The event helped kick-off the annual Book Fair at the school, where students were able to pick out their favorite book or literary game. Throughout the night the theme that “Reading can be Magical” echoed through the halls. Even an appearance from Clifford the Big Red Dog helped highlight the evening as Clifford greeted the youngest family members with a warm hug and picture opportunities.
Master of Ceremonies and Title Administrator Scott Wolfe dressed in a magician’s attire introduced the grand finale — Tricky Chaz the Magician. Tricky Chaz the magician provided fun and interactive magic, balloon twisting and face painting for kids and adults. Besides traditional slapstick comedy and magic tricks, Chaz juggled, entertained from a unicycle, and performed a triple roller balancing act that mesmerized the youngsters and adults in the crowd.
Wolfe noted, “Successful events like this take a lot of time and effort. I am pleased and grateful to have such a wonderful group of volunteers and teachers who genuinely care about kids and donate their time for such an outstanding cause. Most of all we want to continue to stress that reading is important and that reading can be fun. It was a great effort by everyone involved.”
The event was sponsored by The Southern Local Title I department, Meg Guinther, Literacy Coach; Jody Norris, Title teacher; Scholastic Book Fair, Box Tops for Education, the Southern Local PTO, Diana Dunfee/ Home Economics Class; Doug Devor and the Drama Club; the SHS National Honor Society, Tricia McNickle, Marissa Johnson and the Racine Dollar General Store.
Also assisting with the event were Vicki Northup, Title secretary, teachers and support staff, PTO and other volunteers.
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