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Cecil H. Parker School holds book fair to support summer reading

Cecil H. Parker School holds book fair to support summer reading

Starting Monday, June 3, 2024, and lasting throughout the week, Cecil H. Parker School held a book fair, and students were encouraged to purchase books and novelty items such as school supplies, posters and toys through an initiative to support reading. Students picked through a wide selection of genres that piqued their interests and put smiles on the faces of students and staff. 

Schools across the Mount Vernon City School District are aiming to push the fundamentals of reading to students. This spring book fair was successful in stocking students’ reading lists to keep them engaged and learning over the summer break. 

“The thing is to get them hyped into reading,” said Isabel Ellis, a retired teaching assistant and frequent volunteer at Parker. “Books will get you far.” 

Students are mainly aiming for popular book series and franchises such as the Dork Diaries, Five Nights at Freddy’s, the Villain series and Minecraft. On Monday, students were given a list of books and toured the library to pick out their wish list. They were then allowed to visit throughout the week to pay for their books and items. 

“My favorite is the Freddy Fazbear books,” said Byrce Suero, a second-grade student at Parker School who has shown lots of excitement for the book fair by purchasing a book every day. “I’m building up my book collection. Today I got the Loud House and the Treasure Hunt book.”

Students viewing books.
Student smiling with his book
Students smiling about books.


 

Mount Vernon police and fire fighter giving presentation.

Cecil H. Parker School hosted a vibrant Career Day, transforming the school into a bustling hub of inspiration and aspiration on Thursday, May 30, 2024. The event brought together professionals from various fields, igniting the imaginations of young minds eager to explore their future paths. This year the theme was "We are...Dreamers, Leaders and Creators.

Student smiling for picture.

Starting Monday, June 3, 2024, and lasting throughout the week, Cecil H. Parker School held a book fair, and students were encouraged to purchase books and novelty items such as school supplies, posters and toys through an initiative to support reading. Students picked through a wide selection of genres that piqued their interests and put smiles on the faces of students and staff. 

Students with glasses.

Students and staff at Cecil H. Parker School spent the day preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle on Monday, April 8, 2024. They were given solar eclipse glasses courtesy of Principal Jacqueline Green in preparation for the day’s celestial event. Teachers throughout the school created lesson plans, such as creating solar eclipse books, to teach students about the spectacular event and how to safely partake.  

Parker bikes and scooters

Cecil H. Parker School students have been rewarded for positive behavior throughout the school year. Points are awarded to students who consistently follow the P.A.W.S. expectations: Practicing respect, Acting responsibly, Working together, and Staying safe. Students used their P.A.W.S. points to enter a raffle, and six students received prizes on Thursday, March 21, 2024.  

Two girls speaking into the mic.

Students at Cecil H. Parker School congregated in the auditorium for their monthly assembly to learn about the importance of Women’s History Month on Friday, March 22, 2024. The presentation highlighted various influential women who have made a substantial impact on society.