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All aboard Literary Express

Posted: November 28, 2014 2:46 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2014 1:00 a.m.


A group of 28 Lugoff-Elgin High School students will soon share their love of reading with local elementary students.

The L-EHS “Literacy Express” will take students to Doby’s Mill Elementary, Wateree Elementary, Blaney Elementary and Lugoff Elementary to read to kindergarten through 2nd graders.

“Research shows that students who are able to form a love of reading -- and read well -- by the end of 2nd grade, are more likely to be academically successful. Seeing older students that they look up to read shows their love of reading … maybe that will put a little more importance of reading to those younger students,” L-EHS Librarian Anne Lemieux said.

Lemieux thought of the idea of having high school students invest time reading to elementary students from an earlier project, “Real Men Read.” Then, L-EHS football players read books to students at Doby’s Mill Elementary School.

“We took some of the football players and a couple other students to do Real Men Read and the students came back so excited -- the little kids look at them with stars in their eyes,” Lemieux said. “The Real Men Read project comes out of the fact that most students usually do not get read to by males and that week is about modeling that.”

Lemieux says the Literacy Express is a collaborative effort between L-EHS staff, students and principals at the different elementary schools.

“The teachers love it, the little students love it and big students love it, so I think it’s a win-win situation for everyone. It’s a real community effort,” Lemieux said.

Lemieux said students will select a holiday or winter-themed book from the L-EHS library or from their home.

“I’ve purchased some books or they can bring a book from home. I’ve given them some tips about reading out loud and practicing … you want to make it a little more exciting. They will need to practice so they’ll know if the story’s funny, or if they need to pause someplace or if they should ask the kids a prediction question, it helps as a reading strategy,” Lemieux said.

Lemieux said she is excited to see the program grow and plas to have another Literary Express event in the spring.



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