Local Celebrities read to classrooms in honor of Seuss' Birthday

“Today, and every day, let us celebrate the power of reading by promoting literacy and supporting new opportunities for students to plunge into the pages of a book,” stated President Barrack Obama in a recent proclamation that made last Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, the official Read Across America Day. As Dr. Seuss noted, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

In Germantown Municipal Schools, the day has become a who’s who of Germantown. Local celebrities, politicians, retired teachers, and other public figures all visit the schools to share their favorite Seuss stories.

At both Riverdale and Farmington Elementary Schools, a special guest reader visited each classroom. The students also sported their favorite Seuss-inspired costumes. Natalie Williams of the Germantown School Board said, “It is a wonderful way for leader across the community from all walks of life to come together in support of reading, the student, and the district. Students can see the adults they know from TV or the officials they see taking care of our community display a true love for reading and for the children in our schools.”

The community volunteers enhance this annual day in Germantown, but it is the school librarian that holds it all together. At both Farmington and Riverdale, the librarians were hard at work in the planning and execution of the event. Jennifer Mock of Farmington worked with the PTA to orchestrate the guests, award classroom contests and provide goodie bags for the volunteer readers.

Riverdale librarian, Amy Balducci serving a similar role at her school notes, “My favorite part of the day was Mr. Manuel reading to a Kindergarten class. He was so intuitive—giving a treat to every kid, modeling prompting and asking questions. I was thinking to myself—wow—he could have taught Kindergarten. He understands us”.

At Dogwood, Dr. Seuss’ birthday got a high tech makeover. Check out these great posts from their Facebook Page.

After reading Dr. Seuss's The Foot Book, Mrs. Jacobs' kindergarten class used Shadow Puppet to create a movie about action verbs that their feet can do!

DES first graders have been reading books from the authors Peter and Paul Reynolds including, The Dot, Ish, and Sky Colors. To celebrate Read Across America, the students in Ms. Frederick's class registered to Skype a live reading of Going Places by author Peter Reynolds through Discovery Education. Students were able to learn more about the author and illustrator of these books, ask questions and listen to questions and answers from other students around the globe. Peter Reynolds also challenged students to submit pictures of student drawings that began as just a circle. Ms. Frederick's class will submit their class drawing in hopes of winning the original drawing Mr. Reynolds drew during the live read.

To view pictures of these events, please click here.

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