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Students Utilize Summer Reading To Escape Library

September 07, 2017

Incoming Levittown fifth-graders worked together to solve puzzles in an effort to escape from the Levittown Public Library. Literature was brought to life during the Levitttown School District's Summer Reading Program on Aug. 29. Incoming fifth-graders from East Broadway, Gardiners and Lee Road Elementary schools arrived at the Levittown Public Library to take on an exciting challenge based on the book "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library," by Chris Grabenstein.

The community-wide summer reading project allowed incoming fifth-graders from all six elementary schools to take part and attend book discussions during the month of August. Students from Northside, Abbey Lane and Summit Lane Elementary schools participated in the same activity on Aug. 17.

Under the direction of Director of ELA Kerin Slattery, students worked in small groups to solve different puzzles to lead them to the lock box. Their goal was to open the lock box which held a key to escape the library, just like in their book.

Incoming high school seniors from the National Honor Society volunteered with the students during every book discussion and helped each group with solving their puzzles.

Refreshments and snacks were served and every student added their name to a raffle. Once all the groups completed the challenge and obtained their key to escape, the raffle winners were announced. Winners included Gardiner Elementary student Juliana Stone and East Broadway students Andew Greco and Brooklyn Sinodinos. The three lucky students received a goodie bag with candy and a gift card to Calda.

"We want to create a culture for love of learning," said Ms. Slattery. "They read the same book so they all have something to talk about and have a shared experience in literature."

Students received a key to escape the library after completing the escape room challenge.Top left to right: Lee Road Elementary School Principal Anthony Goss, Director of Elementary Education Michelle Kelly, Director of ELA Kerin Slattery and fourth-grade Lee Road teacher Pamela Smith with students who completed the challenge.Three raffle winners were crowned at the end of the evening.

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