For this week’s wordy “Wordless Wednesday” we are bringing you back to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
One of the coolest competitions our school district runs in the lower grades is the “Extreme Reading” competition. The criteria for the competition is that children hand in a photo of themselves reading in an unusual environment, as long as it is not dangerous or illegal. Other than this, the children are only limited by their imaginations and how far their parents are willing to go to support them.
This year’s competition was a lot of fun for us. Our girls came up with some pretty interesting submissions including this one taken at the base of a tank located outside the gates of West Point, and it won a prize.
The one which didn’t win, which was a surprise to us, was this one:
In it our daughter is reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow ”with” Washington Irving. It was just after Halloween, on a beautiful fall day, with the barren trees of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery standing stark against the stones. Living in an area steeped with history from this era, we thought it would be a great tribute to this great American author and statesman. And we used it as an opportunity to teach the girls a bit more about our beautiful Hudson Highlands and our country’s history as well. It was not scary. It was not ghoulish. It was taken with respect for this great American. And it was an original extreme reading shot.