WTHS Interact Unveils Its Reading to Kindergarteners Initiative
After experiencing the challenges of remote learning first-hand, members of the Washington Township High School Interact Club have launched a new initiative geared toward the District’s youngest learners. In the spirit of community service, which is the guiding principle of Interact, the students have created a FlipGrid Page and are posting videos of themselves reading children’s books.
“We know keeping kindergarten students engaged can be tough at such a young age, but reading, and learning to read, is an integral part of learning and growing,” said WTHS Interact Co-President Francesca Dostillio. “When we heard the children weren't getting a normal amount of exposure to books, we knew we had to help. We decided to create a FlipGrid Page where high school students involved in Interact can post videos of themselves reading children's books. Our aim is to keep the videos short and entertaining, so the time limit is capped at ten minutes, with most videos being under five. Anyone with the link can view all videos currently posted. Right now, we have close to twenty responses on the FlipGrid page, and our goal is to continually post over the next few months so there is always new content for the younger students.”
"We have such an incredible group of students on our Interact Executive Board,” WTHS teacher and Interact Co-Advisor Shera Jahn said. “They want to help our community, no matter the challenges this year brings. They were so excited to reach out to the youngest kids in our district and create a connection in the safest way we can right now. We hope to continue outreach to the elementary school kids."
The link has been shared out with kindergarten teachers throughout the District to forward to their students and parents.
To access the videos, please click on this link: https://flipgrid.com/c71390d8
WTHS junior Amy Wang shares a story with a virtual audience of kindergarten students.