On Thursday, October 19, eighth grade students at Valadez Middle School Academy participated in a national event called, “Read for the Record.”
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is a national campaign to bring young children together with valued grownups in their lives to read the same book, on the same day, in communities all over the world.
Each year, the Valadez Eagles collaborate with first grade students from Rio Vista and Melrose Elementary Schools in order to enjoy and celebrate reading. Eighth grade students, paired up with first grade partners, were eager to read the book “Quackers,” by Liz Wong.
After a short speech from the school’s proud principal, James Hardin, and the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) assistant superintendent, Kevin Lee, students began reading all at one time. Throughout the morning, big and little buddies participated in three activity rotations which included an art project, a math guesstimate, and an interview activity.
“My favorite part was reading with my buddy,” Valadez student Arnold Ramirez shared.
The little buddies also received a certificate, animal crackers, and best of all, the gift of Quackers to take home and read again and again.