Students at Washington Irving Elementary received a creepy crawly reward for the books read over the school year.
There were 56,724 books read by the students this year and as a reward, the school was visited by Oklahoma’s Live Bug Petting Zoo, Insect Adventure.
The experience was brought to kids by the OSU Extension Services. Students were able to get a close-up look at different insects and arachnids while they were passed around in clear boxes.
The school has carried the insect theme throughout the year to promote reading, including a slogan displayed in the main entrance of the building that reads, “Don’t bug me. I’m reading.”
Librarian Melanie Smith said that reading is especially important at the elementary level so children can build vocabulary and literary skills.
“This is their foundation,” said Smith. She said the school encourages students to read both fiction and nonfiction books.
Smith said reading nonfiction books helps children develop technical reading skills needed in the workplace, something television cannot do.
She said it also helps develop their imaginations more so than television because students have to use their own imagination to create the images in the books.