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Reading leaps off pages at this event
Ridgewood High offers an international night of food, music and fun to bolster reading.
By Times Staff Writer
Published December 5, 2007
About 500 Ridgewood High School students and their family members recently attended RAMS (Reading Always Matters), a special night of food, entertainment, music and reading.
That has been the average attendance for the annual evening presentation that Ridgewood has been offering for about five years now.
"That's absolutely fantastic," said assistant principal Andy Kerns. This year's event had an international theme and is part of the school's ongoing efforts to make reading fun for students and to help boost reading scores.
"We were singing songs in different cultures," said Kerns. "There are words in lyrics. Sentences in lyrics. Poetry in lyrics. So music is reading."
Kerns gave a cooking lesson, tossing in some good vocabulary words - "sauteed" and "emulsion" along with the ingredients he used.
"We wanted to show that there's a whole vocabulary that goes with different professions," Kerns said.
Other offerings included a free international buffet; a World Talent Showcase featuring Ridgewood drama students; a presentation on how the storyCinderella is portrayed differently around the world; a Spanish Winter Festival; and "Real World: Literature and Social Concerns," which focused on how to improve communication between adults and children by reading young adult books.
Attendance for evening events such as these typically diminishes when students reach high school, said Kerns. "I think once they get here, they're enchanted with what's going on here."