Carlisle Elementary holds a book exchange
On Tuesday, Carlisle Elementary School in Delaware hosted a book exchange where students could swap their books for new books to read and enjoy.
Principal Paula Vertikoff said the event, which ran from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the school’s playground, had several purposes.
“We wanted to start welcoming people back into the school,” Vertikoff said. “We know that during the summer children get bored of books, so now is a good time to swap them, especially since we are past half (summer). This is good because anyone can take a Popsicle and reserve. They need to read every day.
Vertikoff and school counselor Marie Weller welcomed families and distributed popsicles and books to families who attended.
“We wanted to give people another opportunity to come together,” Weller said. “We have had a lot of families who were online last year that we see in person again.”
Weller added that it’s important to keep reading to students during the summer, and she hoped the book exchange was an encouragement for the students.
“(We want to) encourage the love of reading,” she said. “There is something new and special about discovering something that you didn’t know existed before. This experience is almost like a treasure hunt of sorts. You find something that you didn’t know existed or you find more of it in (a series that you like).
Vertikoff said she would like to do more events this year to connect the school and the community.
“(We are) delighted to welcome everyone back and start rebuilding our family,” said Vertikoff. “(We) are thinking of other events to have, mainly outdoors that will be safe for families. Parents have been our partners over the past year, and we want to continue on this path and make sure we build strong relationships with families. “
Weller said seeing children at the event without a mask was “a glimpse of normalcy,” and she is excited for the first day of school in August.
“I can’t wait for everyone to come together again,” said Weller. “I love my job. Children challenge and inspire me every day.
Principal Paula Vertikoff spoke with Anna, a fourth-grader, and Ellie, a first-grader, on Tuesday and asked them about the upcoming school year.
Alina Montgomery, a fourth-grader at Carlisle, browses books with Anna, another fourth-grader, at the book exchange event Tuesday afternoon. The students exchanged books and received popsicles from principal Paula Vertikoff and school counselor Marie Weller.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.