Principal's Message

What I found out, but already knew, is that Reading is a great community in which to live and work.  It is a small town where citizens know each other and are quick to support their neighbors. I have worked in the Reading schools for nineteen years and I learned rather fast how supportive the community is, whether it is feeding families at Thanksgiving, buying gifts for children at Christmas, or donating school supplies for children in need.   I have seen numerous ways in which the Reading community has stepped up and lent a helping hand.  

Yet, it goes beyond just lending a helping hand.  With the opening of our new PK-12 campus and all of the challenges that come with it,  I have found Reading families to be outstandingly gracious. Enduring traffic snarls, dismissal procedures for eight-hundred elementary students, and on-going construction headaches, our Reading families have remained positive.  Yes, there have been frustrated parents, but the majority of families that I have encountered were empathetic and understanding of our efforts to work around the many challenges we face. I have heard many statements such as, “You guys are working hard...It’s getting better....I feel for what you are dealing with.”  I know any parent would have the right to vent their frustrations about traffic or lack of parking, but that is not what I have experienced. I believe that this is a testament to the supportive nature of our Reading community.  

We are teaching the boys and girls about The Reading Way, which is a part of our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.  We are teaching the children what it means to persevere, to be resilient, and to have empathy; these qualities and habits mirror what I have experienced working within the Reading community.  The bottom line is that Reading is a wonderful place to live, work, and educate children.  

Many thanks for the patience you have shown us as we prepare our new home for learning. 


Daniel Kist

Principal Reading Primary School