Innovative BookIt marathon format is a “virtual” success

This year’s Senior School reading marathon, BookIt 2021, is in the books – and the online format was even more successful than anticipated! The 33 Trinity College School students and staff who participated between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 9th were enthusiastic and engaged, with many remaining on the live event link for the full 12 hours.

In December, students learning on-campus were able to pre-register to receive a BookIt kit, which included treats such as tea, hot chocolate, gummy “bookworms,” stickers, a commemorative bookmark illustrated by Grade 10 student Neyha Billing, scratch & win tickets for book-related prizes, and playing cards for the Book Bingo and Bring Your Own Book games. As well, all participants were able to download the bookmark, bingo and other games online to join in the fun events which took place each hour of the event. Ms. Barb Brough led participants through a Book Scavenger Hunt, while Ms. Kristen Richardson presented a game of Book Trivia, and Grade 12 student Kyle Munns had everyone up and active for a spirited session of Just Dance. A special shout-out to Ms. Kathy LaBranche for capturing images and video during the event.

Overall, participants read 8,608 pages, mainly in print but also with two people reading on tablets. This is an incredible feat that speaks to the enduring love of reading amongst students and staff. Just as importantly, BookIt was a wonderful opportunity to continue to build a sense of community and connection during this period of online learning.