Skyline Middle School invited 25 guest readers to our 5th Annual Art Read Think Day last week. The day long re-adthon had a diverse group of readers that included the Harrisonburg Mayor, Superintendent, School Board Members, City Council, Radio DJ, Administrators, Teachers and others from the community who shared their favorite stories or from a collection of Art Books. Teachers signed up for 15 minute time slots throughout the day to bring classes to hear stories being told.
The event is a wonderful way to highlight the creative connections and inspiration found when art & literature combine! Dan Rublee, one of our guest readers summed up the event for our local paper beautifully: "Art, literature, and music bring solace, peace and good feelings amidst the struggles of life. It's an escape mechanism. If they [students] can immerse themselves in those things, they can create a whole new world for themselves".
Here are some of the books shared during our ART Day event:
Many thanks to our readers, teachers, administrators and my collaborator- our librarian Sandy Parks for helping to make this annual event happen!