Travel Around the World for Literacy


Madison Morley

Students make a word out of random letters for Literacy Week.

Reading and writing are vital parts of everyday life that are used on a regular basis. For students in high school, reading and writing are even more important with students having to pass a reading and writing test to graduate. 

In order to promote literacy, National English Honor Society has put together its annual Literacy Week with the theme being traveling around the world. Each day has a lunch activity and a dress-up day to go with the theme. 

“Literacy week is important to highlight and recognize prominent issues that surround literacy and also to educate those on literacy,” says Madison Morley, President of National English Honor Society.

The goal of Literacy Week is to promote reading and writing while also raising awareness about the amazing effects that reading and writing can have on a person. This week happens every year during the last week of January and is a great way to encourage excellent reading habits. The week is also a big event around the School District of Palm Beach County and Florida, with kids from elementary school all the way to high school getting involved in the event.

On Monday, Chiefs dressed up in their favorite college gear and were able to learn about different colleges around the world, including the University of Cambridge and the University of Sydney during lunch.

Tuesday was Tacky Tourist Tuesday with Chiefs wearing their best Hawaiian shirts, fanny packs, socks and sandals. During lunch, students got their very own passport and could travel around to different tables where they can learn about books and authors from different countries.

“I really liked tacky tourist day and the stamps you got in the passport during the lunch activity. I thought it was really cool” says Ms. Pinto, a freshmen English teacher and the National English Honor Society sponsor.

Word scramble Wednesday was a day where Chiefs wore a letter on their shirt and during lunch they were able to make a word. The lunch activity for the day was making personalized bookmarks.

On Thursday, students dressed up as their favorite book characters. The lunch activity featured a fact or fiction trivia game.

For Friday, Chiefs showed off their culture by wearing their countries colors or things that represent their culture. At lunch, students were challenged to match the book to its country of origin.

“Literacy Week in itself is so vital to remind each and every single student the power of literacy. It enables the ability to express ourselves creatively and effectively in a multitude of ways,” says Isabella Botero, the Vice President of National English Honor Society.

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