Grade 6 students from St. Agnes School lined the wall of city hall Tuesday to present a reading flash mob in honour of Reading Town Canada.
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Students of St. Agnes School participated in a flashmob to showcase their love of reading in front of and inside Moose Jaw's city hall on Tuesday.
By Emma Levey, special to the Times-Herald
The students have been preparing for this event for a week, and the excitement level was high leading into this, said Kyle Lichtenwald, a Grade 6 teacher at the school.
“Students recognize that reading is important to their future and are so enthusiastic about learning,” said Lichtenwald.
Throughout the week different classes from St. Agnes will be participating in reading flash mobs throughout the city.
Eager to emphasis the importance of reading, the students were excited to be a part of the mob and hinted that venues like McDonald’s, or the Town ‘N’ Country Mall could be among the students’ next stops.
“Reading is fun, and cool to do no matter how young or old you are,” said a student from the elementary school.
“We don’t usually get to go and sit on a bench and read, or do stop, drop and read.”
“We like to get out of the classroom to do some of our learning.” Lichtenwald added.
Although the students were at city hall to present their flash mob, they were also there to learn about city politics from Mayor Deb Higgins and learn what her favorite book is.
With the students favorite books ranging from The Hunger Games, to The Wizard of Oz, it was clear they all had varying taste, however the students did have one thing in common: they all wanted the citizens of Moose Jaw to hear, see and understand an important message — how important reading is and that no matter where you are, you can still read.
During Tuesday’s flash mob, some students added that they didn’t think reading in public was weird — in fact, they were excited to get lost in a book and be a part of the Reading Town Canada campaign.