World Read Aloud Day, established by New York-based nonprofit group LitWorld, is designed to motivate children, teens and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words.
LitWorld’s website stressed the group especially wanted to celebrate those words that are shared from one person to another, which is exactly what Maddox Middle School and West Jasper Elementary School students did Tuesday.
More than 50 seventh-grade students from Maddox visited West Jasper Tuesday morning to read to younger students. Maddox’s librarian Gina Scruggs said the students were selected to read because they had reached their individual reading goals.
“This was a reward for them, and they have loved it,” Scruggs said.
West Jasper Principal Rita Pilling said her students also enjoyed the day.
“Our kids look up to the older students,” she said. “Seeing them here and watching them read, it motivates our students to want to do better.”
A.J. Clark, a seventh grader at Maddox, said his favorite part of the day was meeting the younger students.
“I wasn’t expecting to go to so many classrooms,” he said. “I met some really cool kids today. We got to come here today because we got our work done ahead of time, and that is what I tried to show them — it pays off not to procrastinate.”
Jason Johnson, a third grader at West Jasper, thanked the older students for their visit.
“They were so nice to us,” he said. “My favorite part was reading ‘Curious George.’”