Words, words everywhere
March 9, 2018
Antidisestablishmentarianism, incognito and oblivious. These words were some of the words that appeared in the annual Vocabulary Parade at Patrick M. Villano School on Friday, March 2, 2018. The parade wrapped up a week of activities that celebrate Read Across America Day. That week honors famous children’s book author, Dr. Seuss.
“I chose erudite because it means really smart,” third grader Brayden Blanken said.
“I chose repelling because I wanted to do it with Allie DeOrio, and I knew people wouldn’t do a word with a partner,” third grader Jarah Mazzola said.
Repelling means to drive or force away according to one online dictionary.
During the Vocabulary Parade, students choose a grade-appropriate word and dressed in a way to portray the word’s definition. Sixth graders Olyvia Burrell and Valerie Flores dressed as a piece of a red broken heart, as their word was heartbroken.
“We were having a hard time finding a word, so we typed in a word in the thesaurus for sad, and that’s how we found it,” sixth grader Olyvia Burrell said.
Several families filled the all-purpose room to watch their scholar on stage. Each student walked onto the stage with his or her class and announced their vocabulary word. Then, students paraded through the school hallways so everyone could see the vocabulary designs. Teachers from all grade levels also participated in the event.
“I chose anile because it is a funny and weird word,” sixth grader Julia Tumino said.
Anile means weak, old woman.
The Vocabulary Parade is organized by teachers on the Reading Committee. Their goal is to make reading a fun, lifelong activity for everyone. Many students agreed that the teachers on the Reading Committee made reading fun.
“I picked lackadaisical because it means lazy,” fifth grader Isabella Piccinich said.
“I chose courageous because it means brave and heroic,” fifth grader Nick Milo said.
Students would like to thank all the parents and/or family members for coming to the Vocabulary Parade. The parade is a big annual event at Villano School.