Unfortunately, I would say at least half of the middle schoolers do NOT love the Readathon. Having to read even for a few minutes a day is pure torture to some of them - imagine being "forced" to read for three solid hours. For some of my kids, it is as it is for me - three hours of pure joy. But for many, I can say I doubt they read, literally, even a page. It's almost funny, if it weren't so sad, to see the ways they go about trying to PRETEND they are reading, when really they aren't. And then they swear up and down that they are, when you KNOW they aren't. It was the last day of school before a week off - so for me, it was a great way to kick off my vacation. Once I finish the Pagan Nun book, I have about 4 more lined up to read. Can't wait.
This quilt was raffled off yesterday. Unfortunately, I didn't win it, despite putting in 27 tickets for it. It is a 5th grade literary quilt, designed by the art teacher at school who is fantastic, and created by my reading class. Each block is a book title of that student's favorite book. I wanted to own it for several reasons: one, it is my current 5th grade class, who I really, really enjoy teaching; two, many of the books are ones we have taught in school, and that makes me feel good to know that we are giving them good reading experiences; and three, it was put together and quilted by my elementary principal/superintendent, who I really like, and would like to have that reminder of her, should she ever decide to move on before I retire. It was won by a second grader who only put in ONE ticket (figures!) whose mom works at school as an aide. I'm hoping I can offer the kid 50 bucks and he'll sell it to me!