Everybody Reads!

A Boy Called Bat


According to The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology, "Even kids who are reading only one book a day will hear about 290,000 more words by age 5 than those who don't regularly read books with a parent or caregiver."


As a district, we want to get all of our families reading together with their children. During open houses, all families with students in Kindergarten thru 6th grade received a copy of the book titled, A Boy Called Bat, by Elana K. Arnold. It is about a third-grader named Bixby Alexander Tam, known as Bat. He becomes fascinated with an orphaned skunk kit and wages a campaign to convince his veterinarian mom that their family should care for the animal until it can be released to the wild. In many ways, his experiences are quite ordinary.


We invite you to read along with your child at home each night with the assigned chapters from their teachers over the next few weeks. Many district staff members have recorded chapters from the book, A Boy Called Bat, with permission from the publisher, to share with families across our district.  


Please check here daily for the video link for families to sit down and enjoy a few minutes together, creating the joy of reading and bonding over a great book. 

Please click on the blue link to be redirected to YouTube.


Reading Assignment for Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

Chapter 1, A Boy Called Bat.  Read by Mr. Chuck Rinkes, Superintendent of River View Local Schools. 

Chuck Rinkes, our Superintendent, is beginning his 32nd year of education.  He cherishes the times when he can get back into the school buildings to see the teachers and students doing such activities.


Chapter 2, A Bat's Cave. Read by Mrs. Kelly Rinkes, Intervention Specialist, Keene Elementary.

Kelly Rinkes is beginning her 32nd year as an Intervention Specialist at Keene Elementary.  She loves sharing her love for reading with her students.


Chapter 3, No Vanilla Yogurt. Read by Mrs. Renee Anderson, Secretary to the Superintendent.

Renee Anderson is the administrative assistant to the superintendent and is starting her 22nd year at RV.  She loves helping people and spending time with her 3 grandchildren.


Be sure to check back tomorrow for the links for Chapters 4-5.

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