Briarcliff Elementary Hosts Fireside Read-in


The Briarcliff Elementary School gymnasium was transformed into a living room decorated for the holiday season in preparation for the school’s annual Fireside Read-in.   Students snuggled with parents and caregivers on their blankets in front of the fireplace,  Christmas trees, and winter wonderland as they read from their favorite books with cups of hot chocolate.

Principal Jane Ruthkowski explained the significance of the Read-in to the adults who attended this festive literacy event. “Friends and family bring literature from outside into the school to support our love of literacy,” she stated. “It is also a great moment to introduce our Book of the Month selection that can be read over the holiday.”

After a class sing-a-long and a brief discussion with the parents about the literacy program, the students were introduced to the December book selection, entitled “How to Heal a Broken Wing.” Ms. Ruthkowski read the book to the students and explained that the message demonstrates that small gestures can mean greater things. “During the holiday, think about little opportunities to help others,” she advised the students.  

The Read-in concluded with a book swap and a number of classroom activities to celebrate the season.