Claremont students are starting their week off with a new kind of story time.
Each Sunday night students curl up for a bedtime story—with their principal.
Claremont Elementary School Principal Randa Fay uses Facebook live to read to her students every weekend.
She said the idea was born through collaboration with her staff.
"We're always brainstorming ways we can help support students and encourage the importance of reading," she said. "Research proves children who are read to at home, or take time to read to themselves, have a substantial advantage over children who are not. It is especially critical to develop a solid foundation of reading with our kindergarten through third grade students."
The story time eases students back into the school week on a positive note, gives them something to look forward to and models the importance of reading.
"The plan is to involve our police officers, fire department, our teachers and even the public library—to show our students that the community cares and to keep them excited about it and excited to see who will be reading to them next." Fay said. "We're invested in developing their skills and the skills for them to become lifelong learners."
Superintendent Bryan Frazier added, "This is a great idea of outreach and education. Reading is so important for our students, we all agree. Reading and the love of learning is something we talk about, but in this type of outreach Mrs. Fay is modeling and demonstrating to students this very concept."
He, too, is excited to get other readers involved.
"Guest readers that are willing to give of their time and show their interest in reading as well as their love of learning demonstrates its importance," Frazier said. "This is a great use of technology and a great outreach for our students and their families."