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Coronado Beach Elementary Students Nestle in Their Pajamas and Read

Principal Bushnell reads her favorite story, "The Polar Express"

On a cool winter evening, parents, students, and staff sporting their coziest pajamas piled into the Coronado Beach Elementary media center to celebrate reading. The Reading Counts Pajama Party is one of many ways the school encourages students to read. Based on the turnout and apparent family support, it is not surprising that Coronado is an A school with 92 percent of its students performing on or above grade level in reading. By coupling effective instruction with entertaining activities, such as the Reading Counts Pajama Party, students truly develop a knowledge of and appreciation for reading.

Throughout the evening, students demonstrated their fabulous reading skills by reading aloud to others. Attentive guests listened as Principal Bushnell shared her favorite holiday story, The Polar Express. Families also gathered to read books together in the various nooks of the media center. Students especially enjoyed watching their parents in the hot seat, as they attempted to master the Reading Counts computerized tests that students take to assess their reading comprehension. The combination of parental involvement, staff dedication, and overall enthusiasm made the party a tremendous success.

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