CLARK, NJ –First graders at Valley Road School are learning to read in the dark.  Despite age-old wisdom which warns against reading in the absence of light, these children are thriving in the shadows according to school officials.

Thanks to Mrs. Sakowski’s these students aren’t under a total cover of darkness, instead she has them enjoying Flashlight Fridays, a new reading initiative this year.  

Every Friday, the students receive 20 minutes of reading time in the dark with their flashlight. 

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According to their teacher this unique approach helps students become successful readers through engaging their interest and building confidence. 

“I already see a change with the students’ attitudes towards reading, and I feel Flashlight Friday has played a huge role in that. Every Thursday before we dismiss, the students are so excited that the next day is Flashlight Friday,” said Sakowski.


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