Members of the Spoto High School literacy club read to a group of Clair-Mel Elementary School students during last year’s Literacy Field Day.

More than 100 Spoto High School students, along with the entire Spartan family, are poised to celebrate the joy of reading as they host a Literacy Field Day scheduled for Friday, March 11, at 7:30 am.

“It is our hope that the event will convey the importance of high academic achievement and its connection to growth in literacy,” said Spoto High School ESE Specialist Lindsay M. Hernandez.

Hernandez explained that students, faculty and staff have joined forces to create a reading extravaganza filled with reading games and field events focused on literacy, prizes and presentations by special guests – not to mention the more than 300 students from neighboring elementary schools who will be bused in to Spoto to enjoy the event.

While, last year, the elementary school students were visited by the Spoto reading squad, this year they are the special guests.

Performances by the Spartan’s band, cheerleaders and Naval ROTC Color guard, as well as appearances by various athletic organizations are all on the agenda to make the day special for all present.

“We hope that the high school students can be a positive influence on the younger students who will one day follow in their footsteps through the halls of Spoto,” she said.

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Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.