Arrrhhh, Matey! The Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. joined students, and faculty at Fernandina Beach’s Southside Elementary recently for a night celebrating literacy and pirates. This was a special night for families and community members to interact and share the love of reading with the students. Above average attendance included over 100 families and many community volunteers to help make the evening a success. The volunteers greeted families at the entrance, and gave out treasure maps and goodie bags. Students followed the treasure maps to show where events were taking place and each location was marked upon completion. Once the entire map was full, students showed it on their way out to receive a prize.

Activities included: Bingo 4 Books, Kahoot, Treasure Cover Books, AR Testing, Video viewing room, Paper Bag Puppets, Photo Booth, Silent Auction, Parent Tips, and Pizza.

Students created their own book covers to display in the hallways to kick off Literacy Week. The school campus was decorated the entire week with book covers and balloons to encourage excitement and anticipation for this fun night. Literacy Night was preceded by several Literacy Events. The first was “Get Hooked on a Book.” Students, faculty, and staff were invited to bring in their favorite book to share. Students and teachers chose a time in the day to “Take20” and read their book. The next day was “Techie Tuesday.” Teachers encouraged literacy using a variety of technology resources throughout the school day. “Mystery Reader Day” was a big hit with many surprise readers throughout the day! Mayor Johnny Miller of Fernandina Beach did an amazing job when he made time to join the mission and read to the children on “Mystery Reader Day.” “Pirate’s Life for Me Day” involved pirate themed literacy activities including pirate themed books, pirate themed writing, pirate literacy activities, and more.

Other community partners who supported this fun and educational evening included the Amelia Island Museum of History, Fernandina Beach Pirates Club, National Honor Society, Domino’s, Wal-Mart, and the Nassau Education Foundation.