Cards Embark On Reading Week

NEW BREMEN — Elementary and middle school students will be learning, reading and dressing “out of this world” this week as a part of the school’s annual Right to Read Week and Scholastic Book Fair.

Right to Read Week and the Scholastic Book Fair, organized by the Right to Read Committee, kicked off Monday and will run through Friday. This year’s theme is “Reading is Out of This World,” and students will be participating in a week full of space-themed events. Library Aid Judy Baker said the event shows students how reading can be an enjoyable activity.

“Our emphasis is on reading and how much fun reading is and how it can take you out of this world places,” Baker said. “We have a lot of fun with Right to Read Week.”

Baker noted that the school holds its Right to Read Week in conjunction with the Scholastic Book Fair.

“We recently started doing Right to Read Week with the book fair because they (the Scholastic Book Fair) have such great themes,” Baker said.

Monday kicked off the week of dress-up days for students with “fasten your seat belts,” where students sported interesting or multiple belts. Today students will don crazy hats for “out of this world hats.” Wednesday is “cozy pants,” where students will relax in cozy pants, and Thursday is “starry, starry night,” in which students will wear black like the night sky or sequins to sparkle. Friday concludes the dress up week when students dress as their favorite super space hero for “to infinity and beyond.”

Baker noted that activities also dot the schedule this week to celebrate Right to Read Week. From 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, a Blast Off Breakfast will be served, sponsored by the Middle School Student Council. Muffins and juice will be served. Baker noted the breakfast is an opportunity for parents to visit the book fair.

“The Blast Off Breakfast is a time when parents can come in and they can have breakfast and shop at the book fair,” she said.

Students will have the opportunity to jump in a moon bounce Friday before attending an assembly at the end of the day for the Principal’s Challenge.

“At the end of the week we will have a battle between Luke Skyreader and Darth Vocab,” Baker said, noting the assembly is a part of the Principal’s Challenge, in which students have been challenged to read 80,000 minutes this week schoolwide.

A family night wraps up activities for the week and will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the multipurpose room. Baker said the night gives families the opportunity to explore the book fair together.

Throughout the week, students will also be voting in the race between the alien and robot. Students can vote by donating a penny in the jars located in the library. The money is then donated.

“Kids are voting between the alien and the robot,” Baker said of the fundraiser, noting the robot currently holds the lead. “The money we raise can be used to buy books and will also be donated to One for Books.”

One for Books, Baker noted, aids readers in need. Scholastic matches the monetary donations made to One for Books, which is then donated to Kids in Distressed Situations Inc., to the Kids In Need Foundation or to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Students aided staff in decorating the hallways for the week, with each hall claiming a different space theme. The primary hall focused on astronauts, the third-grade hall created a solar system, the fourth-grade hall is lined with space facts and trivia, the fifth-grade hall is decorated with out of this world movies, the second floor focused on space missions and NASA and the third floor is decorated with celestial bodies like comets and black holes.

The Scholastic Book Fair is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the New Bremen Elementary library.

The book fair will also be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the multipurpose room for Family Night.

Books can also be bought online at

For more information on Right to Read Week and the Scholastic Book Fair, visit the New Bremen Elementary Library website at