Wakefield Co-operative Bank sponsored Walton Elementary School’s Author & Illustrator Day for the fourth year in a row, this year featuring local illustrator, Scott Magoon. The event kicked off the school’s second annual Read-A-Thon which ran for three weeks in March.
During the Read-A-Thon, students raised money for Walton enrichment programs by reading books and gathering pledges for their reading efforts. The Read-A-Thon exceeded goals, with students reading over 95,000 minutes and raising over $13,000. Funds raised support programs at Walton such as author visits, theater and music workshops, hands-on science sessions, artist residencies, and anti-bullying presentations.
“The Walton School would like to thank Wakefield Co-operative Bank for their continued support of our student enrichment,” said Melissa Holmes, Enrichment Coordinator of Walton School PTO. “Programs like the recent visit from author/illustrator Scott Magoon are such an essential piece of education at Walton. We are so appreciative of Wakefield Co-op’s generous donation to make these fun and engaging events possible for our students and we enjoyed having Jennie and Janet visit our school to help celebrate our students’ love of reading.”
Magoon, who lives in Reading with his wife and two children, has illustrated more than twenty children’s books. His latest, Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship was published this month and tells the story of a girl and her 5 year old Labrador retriever rescue dog. To see Scott’s work, visit his website.