GWL 2020 C.R.E.W. Festival Closes

“31st Annual GWL Book Awards”

Glenwood Landing began its month long C.R.E.W. (Curious Readers Enthusiastic Writers) festival with an exciting school-wide assembly celebrating 31 years of C.R.E.W. This year, the C.R.E.W. committee proudly stated that the theme was “Red Carpet Readers and Writers.” On Friday, February 7, 2020, this all month-long festival where students read books about fiction, poetry, non-fiction, biographies, and science fiction, just to name a few and write about them came to a glamorous close. The closing ceremony titled, “The 31st Annual GWL Book Awards,” was filled with an original play performed by the fifth graders under the direction of Ms. Liz Goodstone. It was clear how much hard work and dedication went into this performance as Principal Finder congratulated her students on one of the best C.R.E.W. performances ever!

Some exciting events for C.R.E.W. this year included:
• Special visit by famous guest author Dan Gutman, his works include the Baseball Card Adventures and the My Weird School children's book series
• Red Carpet Trivia Jumble children
• Class Buddy Reading & Writing, inter-classes share reading and writing together
• St. Jude StoryQuest, which includes raising money for children with cancer
• S.T.E.A.M Red Carpet Challenge which will tie in S.T.E.A.M. activities with the C.R.E.W. theme utilizing pieces of carpet
• Red Carpet Book Review

While students read and write all year long, the month of C.R.E.W. reinforces these skills by continuing to focus on genres including poetry, fairytales, non-fiction, personal narratives, biographies, memoirs, and picture books. Additionally, many, many library activities took take place throughout the month.
During C.R.E.W., students were challenged to read more books than the year before! Many thanks to the teachers, staff, the C.R.E.W. committee, parents, and the Glenwood Landing School-Community Association (SCA) who were all essential in the success of this month-long reading and writing festival.  

Article and photos by Shelly Newman