Read Across America

Posted on 03/02/2018
Read Across America

We have pep rallies for sports, why not for reading? That’s exactly what’s happening across the country on Read Across America Day, March 2. The National Education Association (NEA) sponsors the annual Read Across America event to get children excited about reading. The celebration is held on the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. Schools in FHSD mark the occasion by celebrating in a variety of ways.

For the last thirteen years, Bryan Middle School librarian Margie Wayman has celebrated Read Across America with her students. Activities in the Learning Commons include daily Dr. Seuss trivia questions, teachers sharing their favorite Seuss books, handing out Seuss themed bookmarks, and the annual “guess the number of red fish in the Jar” contest. “I realize that for most people, Read Across America is a Dr. Seuss celebration and therefore seems like an elementary event,” said Wayman. “I disagree. Everyone loves Dr. Seuss books! They are full of great character education lessons that are applicable to all ages!”

Barnwell’s Flippin’ Pages Club has celebrated Read Across America since their founding six years ago. Students bring in their favorite books and read as a group. “We are a literacy focused group that encourages students of all ages to have fun with books!” said club sponsor Debbie Poertner. “We decorate the room and I have stations including bookmark making, puzzle sheets, drawing, and I play a video about Dr. Seuss.”

While it may be a little odd to hold a pep rally when starting a new book, students can celebrate with Read Across America. In the words of Dr. Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go."

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