On Thursday, June 2nd, City Year Philadelphia celebrated its annual site-wide literacy event at G.W Childs Elementary in South Philadelphia. This year’s event theme was the "Red Carpet Reading Awards" which showcased and celebrated the literacy skills that students in grades 3-9 have developed throughout the course of the year. 

This event brought together nearly 70 students from 13 City Year schools across the Philadelphia area. The teams competed by school in a carnival style game setup, with activities spanning from "Reading Relays" and "Story Wars," each highlighting essential reading skills such as fluency, vocabulary, phonics, and comprehension.

James G. Blaine Elementary's team took first place in the event, followed by Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary, and Dimner Beeber Middle School. 


Much time and effort went into the preparation of this event. The site literacy team (pictured above) started mapping out this event in early January. The team, along with Literacy Coordinators from each school, transformed G.W Childs school into a scene straight from Hollywood including a red carpet entrance and student VIP Access Passes for all the games. 

Corps Members and City Year Staff also enjoyed watching and participating in this event. Meaghan Brennan, Corps Member at Beeber Middle School was a part of the planning team for this year and was thrilled to see her school place in the top three. She remarked, "My favorite aspect of the event was seeing the unbridled enthusiasm the students brought to the games and the pride that resulted when they realized how much they had learned as individuals and how much they could accomplish as a team." 

Brennan continued, "Being able to collaborate with AmeriCorps Members from other teams was a rewarding experience. We all care so much about creating an enjoyable experience for our students that we could bring all our energy and dedication to working together as a team." 

What a memorable event for students, AmeriCorps Members, and the community!

Written by Denise Sciasci, City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps Member 
The work of Denise and her team at G.W. Childs Elementary School is supported by Team Sponsor, CSX  and Program Sponsor, Lincoln Financial Foundation.

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