We had two special days last week at TJ Connor Elementary. Last Wednesday, we had retired teachers from our school visit classes and read stories to the students. We chose to have only retired teachers this year rather than all community members because of the book we are reading: The Contract by Derek Jeter. Since Derek Jeter retired from baseball, we thought it fitting that this year we have only retired teachers visit and read. Each teacher who visited had a retired paper jersey hung in their honor that students signed. The guest readers then took the jerseys home. Everyone, teachers, students, and all other staff enjoyed seeing their old teachers/friends visit during the day.
The other special day we had was on Friday. We asked some of our high school students who play baseball or softball to come to our school to read to classes. While students knew ahead of time about the retired teachers, the guest student readers were a surprise. Winners were first chosen from our Get Caught Reading campaign. The classes with the most tickets were selected first for guest readers. Fortunately for us, all of the classes were able to have these extraordianry students visit. It was so much fun listening to the high schools students read to the students. Even better was hearing students asked questions about playing sports, being on a team, and what high school is like. It was a great week at TJ Connor! Stay tuned for more events during our TJ Conor Reads event!