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Ridgefield StoryWalk makes reading a physical activity

The Columbian
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RIDGEFIELD: The class read the story with South Ridge Elementary School librarian Emily Crawford by following the pages posted along the path.
RIDGEFIELD: The class read the story with South Ridge Elementary School librarian Emily Crawford by following the pages posted along the path. Photo Gallery

RIDGEFIELD — A program called StoryWalk at South Ridge and Union Ridge elementary schools aims to make reading a less sedentary activity by lining a path outside with laminated pages from a book. The story unfolds as students walk and read at the same time.

Union Ridge Elementary School librarian Jubilee Roth first heard of the idea from another group of librarians. It takes almost 20 minutes to read the book from start to finish.

“The kids were loving it — even in the rain,” Roth said, according to a news release.

Roth bought copies of the book “Chester” by Melanie Watt for the activity. South Ridge Elementary School librarian Emily Crawford used the book “Baghead” by Jarrett Kroscoczka.

“I told students this was just another way of reading,” Crawford said. “And reading can take on many different forms.”

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