Meyers students take magic tour |

Meyers students take magic tour

Gary Kank

Meyers Elementary was buzzing with excitement last week, as students were treated to a new literacy based program, The Carpet One Magic Carpet Time Tour.

Developed by elementary-level reading specialists, the tour brings storytelling to life with an interactive performance promoting the values of reading. While students sat on their own “magic carpet,” the hourlong presentation showcased the Magic Carpet Time Tour Travelers, “Al,” “Genie” and the “Director,” who took the students on a “magic ride,” bringing to life many well known stories and fairytales.

Stories such as the “The Tortoise and the Hare” taught that one should never give up and always reach the goal, “The Leopard and Fox,” which taught children, it’s not what’s on the outside but what’s inside that counts. “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” educated the children on the value of being truthful, and “The Sun and the Wind” explained the importance of using a gentle touch rather than a forceful one.

The students were also treated to a Shel Silverstein poem which revealed the tale of a boy who watched so much TV he turned into one. The classic fairytale, Snow White was also performed.

At the end of the show, “Genie” granted the students one last wish and provided each of them with a storybook of their own to take home.

“This program reaches out to children. It shows them firsthand how fulfilling and exciting reading can be,” said Johannes Van Ireland from South Lake Tahoe’s, Alpine Carpet One.

The Magic Carpet Tour was developed after a U.S. Department of Education survey estimated that 10 million American school children are poor readers. The survey also showed that the need to read is of greater importance than ever in our current “information age.” “If every child were to read daily, it would revolutionize education in this country,” Education Secretary Richard W. Riley said.

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