March 2 “Read Across America Day” Celebrates Dr. Seuss and Reading

March 2016

Read Across America logo“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
to pick up a book and read with a child.”

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Celebrated in schools in all 50 states of the U.S., the National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 19th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. This year, we checked in with local schools to see how Read Across America was a part of their literacy activities.

Jones Dairy Elementary School

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The school celebrated Dr. Seuss and reading with a “spirit week” from Monday, February 29, through Friday, March 4. Dignitaries from Wake Forest gladly came to read to the students.

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Left to Right, Top Row …
Wake Forest May Vivian Jones read to Lisa Booser’s fourth grade class. Photos by Lisa Booser.
Buck Buchanan of Lumpy’s Ice Cream read to Carla Tavares’s second grade class.  Photo by Carla Tavares.

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Left to Right, Bottom Row …”
Buck Buchanan of Lumpy’s Ice Cream read to Carla Tavares’s second grade class.  Photo by Carla Tavares.
Wake Forest Town Manager Kip Padgett read to Jenny Roger’s second grade class.  Photos by Jenny Rogers

Sanford Creek Elementary School

On Thursday, March 3, Sandford Creek held their annual “Read Your Socks Off!” event. At 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., students, faculty, and staff took off their shoes, sat in the hallways of the school and read, most showing off their craziest socks.

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Left to Right, Top Row …
Asst. Principal Dr. Eric Johnson shows off his sox | Kids in the hallways participated in “Read Your Sox Off!” | Some students made their own Dr. Seuss hats for reading in the hallway.

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Students and faculty loved reading in the hallway | More students and faculty enjoyed the chance to take off their shoes, get out of the classroom, and read | A hallway filled with readers took place twice on March 3.

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Crazy socks in the hallway! | Hallway readers had great fun reading their socks off | Even faculty and staff wore crazy socks.

Photos by Jeanne E. Fredriksen

Little Destiny Literacy and Child Development Center

Dignitaries and volunteers came to Little Destiny on Wednesday, March 2 to read to the pre-schoolers and engage in activities.

Left to Right, Top Row:
Allison Barbour read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss | Sandy Young read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst | Firefighter David Peruso, Raleigh Station 28, read to the children while Firefighter Darren Strapp looked on.

Left to Right, Bottom Row:
Firefighter Peruso with the children | Firefighters Peruso and Strapp arrived in a fire engine to the children’s delight!

Photos by Kathy Fuerst