The National Education Association’s (NEA) “Read Across America” day falls every year on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and for the occasion, the Davis Primary teachers and staff wanted to get the word out about the importance of children’s literacy.
The teachers did so with a weeklong “Celebrate Reading” week filled with fun and learning. Students enjoyed daily morning announcements featuring a different mystery reader each day, free book giveaways for each student funded by Helping Hands and wacky ways to dress for the week.
This year’s theme was centered around Dr. Seuss’s book, If I Ran the Zoo. Scott Mitchell, director of the Erie Zoo, kicked off the celebration by reading the book to the Davis students, and shared what it is like to run a zoo.
He brought a couple of his zoo animal friends along for the students to meet as well.
On Tuesday, Susan Herman arrived with her therapy dog Lily and read the story, Put Me in the Zoo. The dynamic duo engaged the students in the story and shared their love of reading.
Members of the Davis staff entertained the students on Wednesday by presenting a reader’s theater to the book, Can I Join Your Club? Students were taught empathy and the importance of including others through this wonderful story.
On Thursday, Amberlee McGaughey, Blasco librarian and story teller, read several wonderful books to the children. Her storytelling capabilities captivated the students’ attention, and a love of reading was shared with all.
That evening, Mrs. Conley, the elementary school librarian, hosted her annual Pajama Party for the students and their families. The evening was filled with stories, games, crafts and more.
The week closed with a visit from Jungle Terry and friends. The children loved learning facts about the various zoo animals that live with Terry and the care that goes into each of them.
Every week should be Celebrate Reading week because, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child.”