Students take interactive sea journey through Pep Rally for Reading

The Lower School’s annual Author Day had a decidedly aquatic feel as the Mother Mary Campion Center for the Performing Arts was transformed into an undersea Pep Rally for Reading to celebrate the power of imagination on Monday.
Joe Shandrowski, author of a children’s book series about a magical blue sea monster named Huga Tuga, presented an interactive story of how sea shells were created in presentations to students in grades K-6 on May 6, 2019.

Elinor Takenaga, Lower School library media specialist, said author visits such as the pep rally are a unique way to inspire young readers.

“Students need to think of themselves as writers and when they have a published author or illustrator in front of them, students can connect to reading and writing in a real way,” Takenaga said.

“I think Shandrowski’s presentation got to the heart of the matter,” she added. “It all begins with your individual imagination, and how we feed that imagination by reading.”

In addition to his unique interactive storytelling, which included music, dances and a light show, Shandrowski showed students the first illustrations of Huga Tuga and discussed how imagination not only created the character but helped it to evolve into the star of three children’s books.

For more information on Shandrowski and his books, click here.
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Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.


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Summit, NJ 07901
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