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Teddy Bears and Judges Spark Reading at Guess

Communities in Schools Southeast Texas presented a special guest reading with local judges at Guess Elementary for National Teddy Bear Day. 

Students are required to read every night and complete their reading logs. Kindergarteners read 10 minutes and upper grades complete 15-20 minutes. 

“One of the campus goals is to boost reading comprehension,” explained Communities in Schools Site Coordinator Quin Holmes. “Bringing in guest readers is a great way to encourage reading.”

Judges Ransom “Duce” Jones, Naomi Doyle and Jeff Brannick visited the campus to read to kindergarten through second-grade students. The books focused on diversity as a way to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month.

So, why pick National Teddy Bear Day for the event?

“We encouraged students to bring their teddy bears to school for today’s event,” said Holmes. “Since they need to read each night, if no one is available for them to read at home, they can read to their teddy bears.”

The event also re-engaged students in the school environment since many have been home due to the pandemic. “Being on campus helps with behavior and strengthens their relationships with students and teachers,” said Holmes.