Who are the fun loving people enjoying a great time at the Liberty Elementary School Library on a nice June day?
Well the students are third graders who are enrolled in the Iowa Reading Research Center's Iowa Summer Reading Program Summer School that started June 8 and runs through July 8. The adults are Ottumwa School District elementary teacher librarians and volunteers from John Deere Ottumwa Works.
The students are being rewarded for their hard work in summer school with an extra 90 minutes of fun on Friday afternoon. There are 45 students enrolled in the research project that is taught by Ottumwa third grade teachers in partnership with the University of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education.
The Friday afternoon "Makerspace" program was designed to motivate the third graders to keep coming to the summer reading program every day from 8:15-11:45 a.m. Another day of fun "Makerspace" activities is planned for July 8 on the last day of summer school.
Governor Terry Branstad is set to visit the project on July 6 as the project winds up their work on reading improvement.