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Herkimer BOCES students form reading partnerships

April 22, 2019



Five students sitting at a table reading together


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HERKIMER – About 20 Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Special Education and Career and Technical Education students recently teamed up with younger students to read with them.

The “Read with a High School Friend” day took place on Thursday, March 14, as part of a PARP initiative for March titled “Reading is Our Superpower.”

The month featured themed days that required students to “Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)” at 1:30 p.m. It also supported school spirit and excitement for reading, said Tim Johnston, supervisor of Special Education at the William E. Busacker Complex.

Some examples of the theme days are “Marvel Monday,” “Tye-Dye Tuesday,” “Wacky Hair Wednesday,” “Thankful Thursday” and “Formal Friday.”

For the “Read with a High School Friend Day,” high school students read to the younger students. In one case, in John Carney’s classroom, a couple of grades 5-6 students flipped the script by reading to the high school student because they wanted to demonstrate their progress and desire for reading, Johnston said.

“This initiative supports our drive to create lifelong learners and to improve student literacy within our county and program,” Johnston said. “This was a great day that highlighted our high school students, especially those with special needs who showed maturity and growth within themselves over time – as once struggling readers to much-improved.”



Four students sitting at a table reading

16 people on stage with certificates

Five people on stage with the students holding certificates

16 people on stage with students holding certificates

13 people on stage with students holding certificates

About 10 people standing on stage with students holding certificates

About 25 people on stage with students holding certificates

Nine people on stage with students holding certificates