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A door to reading

North Godwin celebrates March is Reading Month

Godwin Heights — The North Godwin reading room door is covered with paper meatballs raining down from cotton clouds in honor of the book, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.”

It opens and third-grader Marcus H. Tolliver comes out, smiles, waves, and beckons you to follow. 

Inside, the room is busy with students creating mini books and parents helping them with their stories.

In fact, everywhere you go in North Godwin on this March evening, families are doing all kinds of reading-related activities, from creating bookmarks and story stones to reading by flashlight. (A story stone is when a student paints a scene on a rock from a favorite book.)

This is North Godwin’s Family Reading Night, an annual event that kicks off March is Reading Month.

Twelve rooms in the school were set up with reading-related activities that the more than 100 families who attended could visit. There were also prizes and food. This year’s theme was #Godwinfamiliesread.

“You have to admit, this is the best, most amazing creation of its kind,” said eighth-grader Jesus Flores Ferandez to North Godwin teacher Diane VanderMeulen as they looked over his painted story stones.

“I see it. I see it,” VanderMeulen responded, commenting on the design Jesus put together.

Jesus’ sister, fifth-grader Itzel Flores Ferandez, said it was nice to be able to explore reading and do the activities with her family.

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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