Reading Reindeer Walk Combines Fitness and Literacy

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Reading Reindeer Walk Combines Fitness and Literacy

Reading Reindeer Walk
Reading Reindeer Walk

The Reading Reindeer Walk is now up along the City of McAllen’s hike and bike trail next to Bicentennial Blvd. this holiday season. Walkers can scan a series of signs (spaced out over the course of one mile) each of which contains a stanza from the classic poem ’Twas the Night Before Christmas.

The oval-shaped route begins at Harvey Avenue and goes north half of a mile toward Nolana Avenue before circling back southward to Harvey. The Reading Reindeer Walk signs will be up until Dec. 26.  

Each of the posters has a QR code directing participants to a website. Here, they can listen to a reading of the poem and also find definitions of some keywords. They can then watch a video to help them participate in a short exercise that corresponds with the stanza.

“Our hope is to promote literacy and provide people with an opportunity to enjoy time with their families in a fun and safe way,” said Richard Roberts, McAllen ISD’s coordinator for Secondary English Language Arts.   

All participants are also encouraged to post their experiences on social media by tagging @McAllenISD. 

The route, reading, and exercises are available online.

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