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Reading Gets Campy in the Classroom

What better way to read a good story than in the dark with a flashlight? Add s’mores, tents and good friends.

As part of March is Reading month activities, Pine Island Elementary third-graders in teacher Laura Lamoreaux’s class transformed their desks into makeshift tents by covering them with sheets.

Underneath, they read to one another or silently to themselves with flashlights.

The event came about after Lamoreaux read stories to the class about camping, and they discussed camp-out fun like hobo pies, swimming in the lake, fishing, hiking and campfires.

Lamoreaux also celebrated the book-themed month by hosting celebrity guest readers and tying daily activities to reading including a book swap, poetry day and beach day. And she made mystery reading calls to homes in the evening to “catch” students reading.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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