East Meadow School celebrates Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with Read Across America Week: (by Jettie McCollough, Reading Specialist)
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!! And, “Read! Read! Read!,” said Principal Bill Lataille. “Reading is important every day! Read to your dog, read to your sibling, read to your parents, read every day!”
Students at East Meadow School in Granby are celebrating reading and the 116th birthday of the beloved author of children's books with a program called Read Across America.
As Dr. Seuss reminds us in “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose!”
Educators and students took part in the book-centered week-long event with daily School Spirit Days and activities such as inviting community leaders to read in classrooms.
"It was an absolute pleasure to sit down with the students and read to them. They were all very excited to share their knowledge of Dr. Seuss. I find that no matter what their age, students love when an adult reads to them. It truly made my heart happy,” said Curriculum and Technology Integration Coordinator Beth Craven, after reading “Green Eggs and Ham” and What Pet Should I Get” to First Graders in Mrs. April Johnson’s room.
Students were reminded that as Horton (Hears a Who) said, “A person’s a person no matter how small,” as all students from the 3year-olds in preK to the 13-year-olds in grade six participated in a dance party on Friday:
Read Across America was launched by the National Education Association in 1998 and coincides with the birthday of Theodor Seuss "Ted" Geisel. On Thursday, Wear Green for “Green Eggs and Ham” Day, students and staff alike wore their green finery and some students dined on green eggs and green ham! Puppet shows and plays were also performed as part of the festivities, with Grade 3 performing an historical play about the midnight ride of Paul Revere for audiences from all grade levels, directed by Mrs. Elizabeth Perron.
Carol Hepworth, Granby Schools Director of Pupil Services said, “I am thrilled that I was able to participate in "Read Across America Day" and share my love of reading in Preschool and 4th grade. What a great way to get kids excited about reading!” Mrs. Hepworth read Hop on Pop to the preschool and Hurray for Diffendorfer Day to grade 4 students.
The week concluded with “Dress Like Your Favorite Dr. Seuss Character Day on Friday,” with Cindy Lou Hoo from “The Grinch” and “The Cat in the Hat” as two popular choices. Thing One and Thing Two were also represented as well as the faithful dog who appears in “Go Dog Go!”
In the words of Dr. Seuss himself, The more you read the more things you will know! The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go! (“I can Read With My Eyes Shut”)
Mr. Lataille reading to grades one and two:
Third Grade Play about the midnight ride of Paul Revere:
Grades 1 and 2 Garden Play:
Teachers Wear Green TOO!
Carol Hepworth Reads to PreSchool:
Students dress to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday at East Meadow School in Granby:
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: