Mystery Reader Day at WHES

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Myster Reader Day at WHES
Mayor Driscoll reading to a class

Mystery Readers at Witchcraft Heights
photos of the day

 Witchcraft Heights Elementary School hosted a Mystery Reader Day on Wednesday, March 13th.  Each of the 28 classes had a surprise guest reader. Among the visiting readers were SPS district administrators, WHES principals, the Collins Middle School Principal, teachers, member of both the Salem Police and Fire Departments, the mayor, parents, and other community members.  Each classroom knew that someone special was coming to read them a book, but the rest remained a surprise. Guest Readers not only read aloud a picture book to the classroom, but many also stayed afterwards to answer questions.

One of the guest readers was Mayor Kimberley Driscoll.  She read the Recess Queen, by Alexis O’Neill, to Mrs. Barton’s second grade class.  The students loved the mayor’s enthusiasm and how she asked for their opinions on many city topics.  This included what they should do with Forest River Park. Should the city build just a pool or a splash pad park with a pool?  The students loved sharing their ideas to enhance the park and the majority felt that both a pool and splash pad would be nice. The mayor also asked a question about Salem Willows: should the pier be used for fishing and walking or just for walking?  A second grader, Mario Marotta, suggested she should build a lower level of the pier for fishing and a higher level of the pier for walking. They also advised the mayor to add a gate or barrier for safety. Mrs. Barton’s class loved having Mayor Driscoll visit and hope she comes back to read again!

There were also many first responders at Witchcraft Heights!  Eleven of the 28 K-5 classrooms were visited by either a police officer or a firefighter. Students not only loved the read alouds, but they had many questions about the officer’s exciting jobs.  Several of the visiting police officers are also WHES parents. Tyler Desmond, a fifth grader in Ms. Kennedy’s homeroom, gasped in delight when he saw his father, Matt Desmond. Alexa Bedard, a fourth grader in Ms. Kim’s homeroom, wrapped her arms tightly around her mother, Charlene Sano, and was excited to see her at school.  Thank you to both the Salem Police and Salem Fire Departments for taking time away from their busy schedules to make such a positive impact in our students lives!

The event was organized by the WHES Literacy Coach Amy Cheever.  The goal of this event was to bring in important community members to share a special book and create a lasting memory with students during the month long celebration of literacy!  The entire Witchcraft Heights Staff would like to thank everyone who volunteered their valuable time and talents to make this event so successful and fun!



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