Every year, schools everywhere celebrate 'Read Across America' held in honor of Dr. Seuss. The event is typically held on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, which is March 2. In the Sheboygan Area School District, events spanned the week before and the week after, with a kinds of wonderful activities taking place.
Here are a few highlights from our 'Read Across America' events:
At Pigeon River Elementary School:
• Kindergarten students in Julie Jacobson’s class read the story "The Cat in the Hat" then made Thing Ones and Thing Twos out of their handprints. Students also wrote about what they would do if Thing One and Thing Two came to their house. The children also enjoyed listening to their third grade buddy class (Mrs. Julie Casper's class) read a variety of Dr. Seuss stories. The children acted out the story "Mr Brown Can Moo Can You?” and made their own little book to take home and use to act out the story.
• The second graders at Pigeon River had Reading Lock In. The children brought books, sleeping bags, flashlights, and a pillow, then closed the door and turned off the lights to read for 30-45 minutes. They also have a Book Exchange. The 2nd graders bring in one or more gently used books from home and exchange them for a new book either from the pile of 2nd grade books brought in or from our school's large assortment of donated books. These new books are to be added to their home library.
Grant Elementary School and Elementary School for the Arts and Academics (ESAA) are celebrating with activities every day. Each day is focused on a different Dr. Seuss book and has a theme as well as a charity focus. For example, one day is based on the book 'The Cat in the Hat' and students are encouraged to dress up like their favorite book character and also to bring in spare change to donate to Bookworm Gardens.
At the Early Learning Center students enjoyed Pajama Day, making Dr. Seuss Hats, recording nursery rhymes, watching Dr. Seuss videos ( One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and Cat in the Hat), having popcorn, face painting and making Green Eggs and Ham while reading the book!
At Wilson Elementary School, students enjoyed a green eggs and ham breakfast, pajama reading day and eating green snacks. Students made the infamous red and white striped “cat in the hat” hats and read many of the classic Dr. Seuss books.(read more here
Over 40 North High School students from Raiders Against Drugs and Alcohol (RADA) and Blue Crew (freshmen orientation/school ambassador group) are reading today at Grant, Longfellow, Lincoln-Erdman, Jackson, Wilson, Jefferson, Pigeon River, Cooper, and James Madison. (see more here
Sheboygan Leadership Academy 4K held a Seuss-a-thon. They made Cat-in-the-Hat hats and invited parents to read a Dr. Seuss story with their child and a few of his or her friends. Principal Peggy Henseler read her favorite Dr. Seuss story, "Horton Hatches the Egg" to grades 1 and 2.
Read Across America is meant to promote enthusiasm for reading and encourage life-long readers. The annual event is celebrated on or near the birthday of Ted Geisel, who is famously known as Dr. Suess.