Ms. Cadorette, 5th grade teacher at West End Memorial Elementary, reported the following: In September, our class enrolled into the Philadelphia Phillies literacy program, where students are required to read at least fifteen minutes per day. Fifth graders at West End are required to read twenty minutes per day in the beginning of the year and thirty minutes per day by January. In December, our class tallied our minutes for a chance to win a visit from the Philadelphia Phillies Phanatic. We were shocked at the total of minutes -- over 50,000! As a class we decided to set a goal to reach 100,000 minutes by June.
On Friday March 13th Ms. Cadorette’s students’ hard work was rewarded by a visit from the Phanatic. The students were shocked as the special visit was kept secret. The students of West End enjoyed the Phanatic dancing about the all purpose room followed by a reenactment of the short story Casey at the Bat read by Mr. Myers. The visit ended with a sing along of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” accompanied by music teacher, Mrs. Savage, on piano.
Ms. Cadorette reports that the program has been a great motivational tool for her students. "I am proud of the dedication and teamwork our class has exhibited. Whether it is a student swapping a book with a friend or the anticipation of a new series coming out, it’s such a pleasure to be part of the enthusiasm for children’s literature."