Local celebrities read to elementary school students

BAY COUNTY Fla. (WMBB) – Students at Northside Elementary had some surprise guest readers on Friday.

This is the tenth annual celebration of learning in Bay County. Local celebrities were able to travel to Northside Elementary to read at every grade level.

Last year due to COVID, the event was virtual for students.

Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Kasztelan plans each year for each local celebrity reading appearance. Guests included local doctors, lawyers, law enforcement, professional athletes as news anchors like Tom Lewis of News 13.

“Kids talk about this event literally the whole time they’re here at Northside,” Kasztelan said. “I have students that I had in kindergarten who they still talk about now in fifth grade. These readers have such an impact on these students that the readers are unaware of it. But just thirty minutes of their day makes a huge difference in the lives of our students.

Kasztelan said this event allows students to learn about all professional industries, while enjoying their favorite books.

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