The Round Hill Elementary School will celebrate Virginia's reading month, which begins later in December and extends into January, with a project in which senior citizens, parents and other interested persons will listen to a child read for at least 20 minutes during each month.
According to Principal Evalyn Collier, the "Adopt A Child" program already has more than 50 participants, each of whom received a "birth certificate" for the child assigned to them during the project. Parents were encouraged to "adopt" a child other than their own, Collier said. There are 146 students in the kindergarten-through-fifth grade school.
"Adoptive parents" may come into the school anytime to listen to their charges read, although visits are restricted to once a week to keep class disruption to a minimum.
To celebrate the holiday season, students in kindergarten through second grade videotaped their rendition of "The Night Before Christmas," rewritten 20 years ago by Round Hill teacher Jean McDonald. The videotape was dedicated to McDonald, Collier said, and the former teacher was invited to the first formal showing this week. The tape is now available for parents to borrow.
"We updated it a little by using different toys," said Collier. "We used Transformers and Cabbage Patch dolls instead of wagons and teddy bears."
Another tape available for home viewing is a 20-minute history of Round Hill produced by second-grade teacher Shirley Lynn, teacher aide Barbara Kelly and Town Clerk Betty Wolford in conjunction with National Education Week last month.