Students at Highlands School spent the week reading about whozits and whatzits and places they can go during the National Education Association’s Read Across America Week.
The week-long celebration of Seuss’s works, and reading in general, is an effort to show students that there’s loads of fun to be had opening a book. Highlands School Vice Principal Sarah Holbrooks said celebrating a figure of Seuss’ status is a great way to encourage students to read at an early age.
“I think that Dr. Seuss promotes literacy and makes reading fun,” said Holbrooks. “And we encourage reading all sorts of books, not just Seuss, but it’s a great way to encourage literacy-based activities throughout the week and think outside the box.”
Margie Potts’ Kindergarten class was swept up in the spirit of Read Across America Week donning mustaches, silly hats, goofy socks, and Whoville hair.
“The goal is to have fun with reading,” said Kindergarten Teacher Margie Potts. “We’ve had a lot of participation with students dressing up and reading Dr. Seuss books. His books work well with all the pictures and rhyming, and it shows students that reading can just be fun.”
Each day of the week students “dress up and read,” allowing students to wear costumes of Dr. Seuss characters at school and listen to guest speakers read a book aloud each day to start the morning. The strategy seems to be working as Kindergartner Riley Brooks said she could not wait to get home and pick up a Seuss book.
Throughout Read Across America Week, guest readers visited the school and read a book of their choice to students. Photos courtesy of Highlands School.
“Dr. Seuss week is so fun because you get to dress up and wear different-funny hats,” said Brooks. “I want to read Dr. Seuss books when I get home because we’ve been talking Dr. Seuss for days.”
Read Across America Week is centered around Dr. Seuss’s, or Theodore Seuss Geisel’s, birthday on March 2. Kindergartner Sophia Aguilar she has “so much fun” reading Dr. Seuss books and enjoyed the activities scheduled throughout the week.
“Reading week is fun because we get to wear silly stuff and I like to read those books because they have funny words and pictures in them,” said Aguilar.
3rd grader Falon Brewer said he learned those who are successful oftentimes deal with obstacles before they make it big.
“It’s fun because you get to celebrate Dr. Seuss and all the children’s books he’s made,” said Brewer. “And I learned that his books got rejected before he was famous, and he still made it.”
5th grader Jackson Gagne was working with Kindergarten students as a “reading buddy” during the many Seuss-themed activities throughout the week.
“It’s a fun week because of all the crazy things you can wear,” said Gagne, who’s favorite Dr. Seuss book is Oh, the Places you’ll Go! “It’s good to read to them (Kindergartners) so their imagination can grow and they read more.”