Young eyes brighten and tiny smiles stretch across faces as a woman wearing a colonial-style dress takes center stage; this November afternoon, Karen Glandon is a parent transformed for the Loveland Primary School (LPS) second grade class as a mystery reader.
“This is a distinct way to have parents help us bring our social studies curriculum to life,” said Tammy Ruehrwein, LPS second grade teacher. “It is as if the students are transported back in time.”
The November 19 lesson began with Glandon reading two stories. The surprise continued with a walking field trip to the Loveland Historical Society where students had the opportunity to tour an authentic log cabin. The mystery reader program is not a one-hit wonder; it continues throughout the school year.
Wednesday, Nov. 28, held a new visit – three University of Cincinnati (UC) athletes made their way through the halls of LPS to read to several classes. Among them was UC baseball player Devin Wenzel, who read Any Bully to the second grade students. The UC freshman then used the opportunity to talk with the children about why bullying is bad business.
“These volunteers really help capture the imagination of our young students,” said Ruehrwein. “They have the ability to deliver important messages in a non-traditional format; it is important for us to take advantage of these opportunities.”