Planting A Love for Literacy

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In an effort to celebrate both the Bayport-Blue Point School District community and a mutual love for literacy, Academy Street Elementary School recently hosted the “One Book, One School, One Community” event, alongside the grand opening of the school’s brand new library.

Upon arriving at the school, students and their families attended a ceremonial “tree-planting,” which was moved to the school gymnasium due to the less-than-fortunate weather circumstances. The tree, which will be transported to the front of the school building in the near future, will mirror thematic elements from “Wishtree,” by Katherine Applegate. After a moving rendition of “Pages of A Book” by the fifth-grade chorus and a welcoming address by principal Kerry Vann, both the school’s wish tree and accompanying bench were welcomed to the Academy Street Elementary School community for years to come. 

To symbolize the library’s official opening, Bayport-Blue Point Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy P. Hearney and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Theodore Fulton used ceremonial scissors to cutaway a ribbon strung in front of the library entrance and welcomed all to explore the new space. Academy Street Elementary School library media specialist Anne Salvador was also in attendance to welcome the students to their new learning space. 

In addition to having a larger floor space, the renovated library features updated furniture, new carpeting and upgraded bookshelves. The project was part of the district’s community approved bond, which also brought updates to the district’s other elementary and secondary libraries.    

Within the library setting, the evening’s central theme of the book “Wishtree” was celebrated. The book tells the story of “Red,” a neighborhood “wish tree” whose branches are used by community members in hopes that their inscribed dreams will come true. The students then engaged in a book discussion surrounding “Wishtree” after the grand opening.

To conclude the evening’s celebration, a thank-you reception was held in the school cafeteria, featuring guests Clifford the Big Red Dog and representatives from the Bayport-Blue Point Library.