IPS Reads



Kathy Decker Yearbook and Publications Coordinator, International Program Schools, Saudi Arabia


November 20–December 1, 2016

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Buddy Reads Day

IPS Reads is a two-week event to encourage students to have fun with their reading. We incorporate various activities so that the students may be involved in numerous ways. On the opening day, we have “Drop and Read” drills: when a specific bell rings, we stop whatever we are doing, sit down and read for ten minutes. There were students sitting in the halls, on the playgrounds, and all over campus. All with a book in their hands, they were happy to take a spontaneous reading break.

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Our wonderful IPS volunteer moms held a Book Fair for the first week. In lieu of their library period, students went to the gym to browse through hundreds of books. Students could read, hear stories, or place an order for a new book.

During the Book Fair, we held a photo contest; the winner, a fourth-grade student, received a gift certificate at The Bookcase in Bahrain. One afternoon the Book Fair was open to parents and many used the opportunity to purchase books for their children. Bake sales were also held to raise money for future book fairs. During the Reading Picnic Day we took the opportunity to enjoy the lovely fall weather outside during our lunch period. There was also a Family Reading Night for storytelling and for students to share their poems or stories during on open-mic session.
Probably the most successful day was the Buddy Reads Day. We paired older students with younger students and they read to each other. It was gratifying to watch older students collaborate with their younger peers.

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Director Jim Leahy reading with a student

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Our fabulous library ladies
who never lost their enthusiasm!

This IPS Reads event also provided a few opportunities to wear something besides the usual school uniform! We wore crazy hats to mark Hats Off to Reading Day and t-shirts for Wear a Message To School Day. Storybook Character Day. Our last day, we concluded with the Storybook Character Day and we had a grand parade for all of those students and teachers who dressed up as their favorite book character.

IPS Reads was extremely successful this year. It has been a wonderful idea to build on every year. This year we placed the biggest order yet for new books. We had so many parents happily volunteer either to assist during the Book Fair, tell stories or read to the students, or drop off their fabulous baked goodies! And best of all, our students were enthusiastic about their new books they discovered!


Published in ISS NewsLinks: Volume XXXII Number 2

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