Rosedale Students Read like Pirates
pirateThe Rosedale Elementary School crew set sail on a pirate adventure for reading month! 

Throughout the month of March, Rosedale staff and students dove into the joys of reading with various pirate-themed activities. Students read in exchange for “pirate booty” snacks, went on treasure hunts in the school, and huddled up under their desks for Read Below Deck day. 

The fun culminated on Thursday with Dress like a Pirate day. Staff and students came to school decked out in pirate gear and took turns reading in the gym, which was staged as a pirate ship. 

Second grade teachers Sandra Benson and Lynn Merchant worked tirelessly for months to bring the day to fruition. They enlisted the help of their husbands Dino Benson and Daniel Merchant for the grunt work, and stayed at school late into the evening the night before, making sure everything was perfect. 

“Reading month gives the students an end of the year push,” said Benson.

“It helps get us through the winter slump,” agreed Merchant. “It revitalizes both the teachers and the students, and helps us recapture the excitement of learning.” 

Benson and Merchant said that the teachers look forward to reading month just as much as the students. Each year, a different theme is chosen, and the activities get bigger and better every time. 

“Our teachers are phenomenal,” said principal Jon Wennstrom. “The amount of effort they put into their work never fails to blow me away. They give their best to the students, and strive to impart a lasting love of reading and learning.” 

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Kindergartners Maria Awad and Shyla Bradley relax and read at the stern of the pirate ship.

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Kindergartener Breyohn Watson kicks back in a comfy beanbag chair with the book he worked on in class.