Parents and students donned their best pajamas and reached for their favorite books last week to celebrate their love of reading at the Lamar Elementary School Pajama-Rama reading fair.
The Active Learning Leaders (ALL) organized the event as a way to promote reading and involve the parents as well.
“This is all about our kids. We wanted to get them together to have fun with reading,” said ALL Romelia Diaz. “This is the perfect opportunity to get the parents involved in their child’s education.”
The school picked a pajama theme because bedtime provides the perfect time for parents to read to their children.
“The kids are ready to go to bed. They are relaxed so they are listening and learning at the same time,” Diaz said. “It is important to make that connection.”
The event was filled with all matter of book characters, from the Cat in the Hat to Fancy Nancy and included a visit from author Joe Hayes earlier in the day. There were even some local characters, like Chico the Chihuahua and Lea the El Paso Public Library Owl.
Parent Raquel Gonzalez accompanied her daughter Jasmine Torres to the fair. Jasmine loves reading, especially the Dork Diaries series.
“I’m not a big reader myself, but she likes to read so I like to come out and support her,” Gonzalez said.
Third grade student Itzcoatl Salas enjoyed wearing his pajamas to school because they are comfy, but what he enjoys most is reading scary books.
“I love reading Goosebumps because they give me goosebumps. Reading is important because you learn more words and get better,” Itzcoatl said.
“I am excited my mom is here because there are all these events she can do with me.”
Tables were set up for each grade level with fun activities to help promote reading. One booth focused on different reading strategies students can use and another provided information on why reading is important for continued success.