The Suffolk County
Reading Council has recognized Indian Hollow Primary School for its achievements
in the area of literacy. The banners displayed in our entranceway are awarded to
schools, which meet certain criteria that demonstrate a commitment to literacy
development. Indian Hollow is proud to be a standard bearer.
Indian Hollow students participate in the
creative writing and poetry contest, as well as an artistic cover depicting our
commitment to the literacy process. Newspapers are used by our classroom
teachers to enhance reading and mathematics skills. Indian Hollow participates
in a variety of literature based cooperative programs between parent and child.
Each November is designated as Partners in Reading month. The
basic premise of the program is to encourage parents and children to spend at
least fifteen minutes each day reading together. Family memebers are invited to read
aloud their favorite book as Secret Readers in their child’s class.
Each year Indian Hollow holds a Read-A-Thon. Our aim is for the children
to "turn on" to books as they "turn off" the television. Book
Fairs are held in order to give children the opportunity to purchase books
and encourage reading.
Each year our students have pen pals and
write letters to children in other schools within and outside of the district.
In the spring some of the classes meet and have a picnic with their pen pals.
Children create and publish poems, stories, and books using the computer.
Kindergarten and first grade children write and illustrate books in small groups
as well as whole class contributions. Each year the second grade students, in
conjunction with a theme on fairy tales, write and publish their own individual
fairy tales. Our second grade students are "buddies" or "peer
readers" with the kindergarten students. They enjoy sharing their favorite
books with each other. Indian Hollow is fortunate to have authors and
illustrators visit the school to demonstrate the process involved in developing and
producing picture book literature.
The Honor Award is a reflection of our
commitment and focus in developing a foundation and an appreciation of literacy.