Students at a Sherwood Park elementary school are enjoying some freshly stocked bookshelves after taking a special field trip last week.
 
Grades 4 to 6 students from Lakeland Ridge school dropped by a Sherwood Park bookstore on Friday ready to pick out some good reads for their classroom libraries.
 
“There was a sense of magic when the students walked into the bookstore and saw all the possibilities in front of them,” said Lakeland Ridge assistant principal Melissa Kerr. “That’s what this is all about. Reading leads to more reading, and strengthens literacy skills in all other subject areas. When students are able to continuously talk about books they love, it becomes a contagious, ongoing process.”
 
Students purchased 237 books, ranging from graphic novels to Harry Potter length stories.
 
“We want to empower students to make their own choices when it comes to reading,” Kerr said. “When they’re free to choose the books they want to read, they’re more likely to fall in love with reading, and more likely to seek out more books after they’re finished.”
 
Students researched their shopping lists ahead of time with some help from teachers.
 
Grade 6 student Kali said she loved being able to explore types of books that weren't already in the classroom.
 
“I really enjoyed going to Indigo because it gave me more choices and ideas about the books I could read in the future.”

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