HoK community really got into the Reading Week spirit during the first week of March! We all had a glorious week starting from the Early Years up to the oldest class in Elementary. Both stages celebrated Reading Week in their own style and panache. Meanwhile, some parents were visited and shared the stories in the classes.

In Chaoyang Park Campus, some parents coming in to the classes every day to share special stories and even try their hand at leading some activities! The students also explored the process of creating their own books. Some did illustrations for stories they already knew, and still others wrote their own stories, created costumes, and directed photoshoots.

They also combined community service with this special event, by hosting a Charity Book Sale to benefit Roundabout. In just 2 hours, we raised 3620 rmb!  Reading Week also kicked off our Read-a-thon, where students try to read as much as they can to raise even more!

In our Shunyi campus, the Early Years classes enjoyed inviting their own parents on daily basis to read for the children. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate HoK’s multiculturalism and diversity. Parents from different backgrounds and languages read to the children every day. Thus, emphasizing the fact that beauty lies in variety. The young children were very proud and excited to have their parents in the class reading to their peers and sharing different experiences with them. It was such a successful event as Pre-K 2 wrapped their Reading Week and combined a Parent Coffee Event as well.

On the other hand, the Elementary Students enjoyed an eventful Reading Week. The Elementary school divided the week into five different events. The first day was; Dress as Your Favorite Character Day… Students and teachers came to school dressed as their most loved book characters. You could easily spot Gerald and Piglet strolling down the school halls. The second day of the reading week was even more exciting as it was “Dr. Seuss Day” All the students were enjoying dressing up, reading Dr. Seuss books and eating green ham and eggs. The Cat in The Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 were definitely the stars of the day. It got even better on the third day of the week as it was “Pajamas and Book Day”! Faculty and students could be seen wearing their pajamas and reading books around the school premises. Finally, the end of the week was approaching and the older students payed visits to the younger generations and shared reading the stories with them; in “Buddies Day”.

In addition, during the Reading Week the elementary students were participating in individual class Poetry Contest. On the last day which is the official “Poetry Contest Day”; the students celebrated the event by reciting poems to their parents in the school hall and the best 3 reciters competed on the Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificates. It was truly a fantastic week where all students enjoyed reading books and living as their characters!