Pittsburgh Arsenal PreK-5 celebrate 3rd annual Vocabulary Parade
During the week of May 14-18th, Pittsburgh Arsenal PreK-5 celebrated Literacy Week. Each day was recognized differently as students dressed up to show spirit for their year-long work towards improved literacy.
The week included “Read From Head to Toe”, a day when each student wore a T-shirt with words, and a pajama day to “Cuddle Up With a Good Book”. On Thursday May 17, 2012, the school celebrated with the 3rd Annual Vocabulary Parade. Students chose robust vocabulary words and made costumes to represent the meanings, then paraded outside in the community. Judges had a very hard time narrowing the winners down to just 10 because creativity was everywhere! Many parents were in attendance for the parade, as well as on Friday for Take a Father to School Day, where Arsenal dads served as Guest Readers. Dads also had a chance to see students dressed in their best Red-Carpet attire, for “Bling! Bling!,” a day on which students nominated their favorite book to celebrate “Book Oscars”, walked the red carpet, and had teacher-paparazzi flashing cameras and requesting autographs. Throughout the week, the students and staff participated in Penny Battles, a collaborative fundraising effort with nearby Allegheny Center Alliance Church, to benefit the building and development of the Karen Library in Kenya, Africa, which is the homeland of many Pittsburgh Arsenal students.