Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Read Across America

Dr. Christian practices his Spanish accent reading "The Beautiful Cockroach"
High School Read-in: the halls were eerily quiet

Even gym class dropped everything to read
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." Dr. Seuss

What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday than reading to a child? Over the past few days our schools celebrated reading in many ways. From author visits to guest readers, glorious stories were shared with students as adults modeled their love of reading. Superintendent Dr. Michael Christian made his way around the district to share a few favorite books. Students loved hearing about Martina Catalina Josephina Cucaracha when he read Carman Agra Deedy's retelling of an old Cuban folktale in "Martina, The Beautiful Cockroach". Supervisor of Instruction Dr. Ryan Monaghan chose a fun, celebrate-your-strengths book titled "Exclamation Mark" to read to one group of eager students who reportedly "got the point". Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathryn Soeder read an excerpt from a Harry Potter tale. She challenged students to listen for how J.K. Rowling conjures emotion with descriptive writing.

On February 28, more than 5,000 students dropped everything to take part in the one-hour READ-IN. Beyond giving every student uninterrupted time to dig in to a great book of choice, students love reading alongside their peers--even when immersed in individual books.

On Saturday, March 2, the characters for Seussical, the Musical entertained families at the sold-out character breakfast (pictures above)--further celebration of Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss epitomizes a love of children and learning. Celebrating his birthday each year helps remind each of us that reading is a gift.

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