This past Halloween, Scholarship Prep Charter School in Santa Ana, CA opened their beach-themed Think Big Reading Room with gratitude to donors Eleni and Wolfgang Gagon. Opening a reading room on Halloween had its advantages as teachers dressed in their best luau attire, adding to the day’s theme of ‘reading on the beach’. The newly transformed room is carefully decorated with cloud-mimicking fabric that softens the room, palm trees, tiki umbrellas, surfboards, and murals sprinkled throughout thanks to local artist and teacher Ms. Dewberry. This public charter school network was founded by former California State Senator Mrs. Gloria Romero and serves students in grades K-8th. The opening ceremony was attended by a handful of elected officials, a CSF board member, CSF Executive Director Amy Warner, parents, and students, who were engrossed in the presentation made by the Reading Room Team at Scholarship Prep. The city of Santa Ana, Orange County, and the State of California State Senate had representatives at the opening to present a Certificate of Recognition to Scholarship Prep Charter School for their efforts in instilling a love for reading in their students. The Think Big Reading Room is now an essential feature on campus as multiple classes visit the room each day to soak up some rays on the beach with a good book in hand.
Please click here to read about author Caroline Arnold’s recent visit to Scholarship Prep. To view more photos of the reading room, click here.