Fairmount Hosts Book Character Dress Up Day

Posted on 11/09/2018
Second graders read their books on Book Character Dress Up Day

Fairmount Elementary celebrated the magic of imagination and brought reading to life this Halloween. Instead of the typical Halloween costumes you might see each year, the students at Fairmount hopped off the bus and headed to class dressed as their favorite book characters.

“We thought that having a book character dress up day would get students excited about what they are reading,” said Assistant Principal Dr. Tracey McAllister. “Our hope is that when the kids come in dressed as their favorite character with their book in hand and tell others about the book, it will interest those students into reading the book.”

Second grader Austin Davis was particularly proud of his costume, as he pulled back his hair and revealed a perfect lightning scar on the top of his head, a trademark of the famous Harry Potter. When asked why he chose the popular wizard, Davis jokingly said, “Because his hair is always messy like mine.”

Dr. Oliver and second grader Austin Davis read books together on Book Character Dress Up DayWhile Davis explored the world of wizardry, second grader Abigail Fister immersed herself in a mystical land of unicorns as she read Uni the Unicorn.  With a colorful horn on her head and a smile on her face, Fister shared how the unicorn in the book believes in little girls when others don’t.  When asked how the book inspires her, Fister said, “I like to follow my dreams and believe.”

The educational twist to a fun-filled day turned out to be a huge success. “It was so exciting to see them walking off the bus,” said Principal Dr. Cheri Oliver. The students were even coming up with riddles to see if she could guess which book matched with their character costume.

“Our number one goal is to ensure that we are providing the students with the tools that they need to be successful with whatever they choose to do in life,” said Oliver. “Anything we can do to connect that reading to their passion is what we are hoping to do.” Thanks to this creative and educational day, the students at Fairmount now have a greater appreciation for books… and a new costume for next Halloween!

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