Yesterday began McGuffey’s annual Read-a-Thon, during which students are encouraged to find sponsors who pledge to donate a certain amount per page or per book that their student reads over the next two weeks. Once raised, these funds are used to purchase new books and instructional materials for all of McGuffey’s classrooms. It’s one of the most exciting times of the year at our school, and it’s a great chance to nurture the love of reading and storytelling that exists within every student, no matter what grade level.
To kick things off, McGuffey welcomed guest speaker and comic-book creator Victor Dandridge, who gave a presentation that allowed every student to create their own superhero (or super-villain). Through his self-publishing imprint, called Vantage:Inhouse Productions, Victor developed U Cre-8 Comics, a bridge between comic books and classroom fundamentals. During his presentation, students learned how comic books can build vocabulary (including words like protagonist and antagonist), and they worked with the U Cre-8 template to develop their own character with a specific origin, a combination of abilities, and a unique appearance. Most of all, they learned that comic books are first and foremost a way to tell stories, and that people of all ages can use the comic book format to tell any kinds of stories that they can imagine.
Thank you, Victor, for visiting McGuffey and for sharing your love of creating comics with our students! We will be posting more updates from Read-a-Thon as it continues over the next two weeks. In the meantime, find a good book and dive in!