Before Chad Crews started his magic show at Merriwether Elementary School, he showed the pupils a book and told them it’s how he learned magic.
Then, he began his show.
There were a lot of “ooohs” and “aaahs” May 18 as Crews performed tricks such as turning a green balloon snake into a real snake. Then there was a room full of laughter as their teachers assisted him with his suit jacket version of Houdini’s famous straight jacket trick.
As he demonstrated a copper cup and balls trick, the pupils looked on curiously and shouted guesses of where the balls went, with teachers joining in on the fun.
While the pupils were intrigued with his performance, Crews continued to emphasize that reading and using the library’s resources were a great way to learn and expand their interests.
“My whole goal is to get them to read. Find something they are interested in and check out a book and read all about it,” said Crews, who has been doing magic for more than 10 years and in area schools and libraries for the past six years.
They hope that by seeing what things can come of reading, that it will encourage pupils to read for enjoyment, said assistant principal Patty Gibbs.
“I think it’s important that they see something interesting and interactive,” she said. “We want them to see that reading is fun and you can learn about a lot of different things when you read.”
The magic show was one of several activities the pupils and parents participated in as a part of the school’s third annual Reading and Math Beach Blast.
The event is a fun way to show pupils that math and reading skills are essential in life, he added.
“I believe that reading and math are the foundations for education,” he said. “If you have those skills, you can achieve anything.”
Throughout the day, pupils completed reading and math activities and received visits from guest speakers.
There were seminars for parents on how to help their child succeed in reading and math. Parents were also given reading and math activities their child can complete over the summer break.
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