Planting Seeds of Learning

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Babylon Memorial Grade School students who participated in this past summer’s school reading program, themed “Dig into Reading,” and completed two or more written response forms took part in a Summer Reading Planting Celebration this September. The students, who were named to the Summer Reading Honor Roll, had their names displayed in the hallway outside the cafeteria and helped beautify the school grounds by planting daffodils in the front of the building. The flowers will bloom in the spring and serve as a visual reminder of the summer program’s benefits.

The summer reading program has become a tradition at the school. Each June, students are provided with grade-appropriate recommended reading lists and encouraged to make time throughout their vacation to read. This year, students in grades five and six had the chance to choose from such books as “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz Ryan and “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo. Among the choices for grades three and four were “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton and “The Houdini Box” by Brian Selznick.

The mission of the program is to encourage students to view reading as a lifelong recreational activity. The school extends its appreciation to the Home Depot in Bay Shore for donating the bulbs.