For 30 minutes this week, Ross School’s Lower School campus was nearly silent. Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Multi-Purpose Room, where they engaged in independent reading for pleasure in honor of Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R) Day. Celebrated on the birthday of acclaimed children’s author Beverly Cleary, the day encourages people of all ages to prioritize reading just for the fun of it.
D.E.A.R. Day is only one of several opportunities this month for Ross School students to acknowledge the value and importance of literacy. This week, students attended Hampton Library’s 26th annual Budding Authors reception, where they had the opportunity to view their works, as well as those of their peers, on display. Additionally, all month long, students will be studying poetry in recognition of National Poetry Month. Their studies will culminate on Poem In My Pocket Day, when they’ll engage in community readings and activities that highlight the value of poetry.
Lower School Librarian Sinéad Quinlan noted that reading has been an instrumental aspect of her life, offering a wealth of entertainment as she grew up in the Irish countryside and inspiring her career. These experiences fostered a lifelong love of reading that she hopes her students will come to discover as well.