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School celebrates reading

March 02, 2001

School celebrates reading



Oh, the places you'll go ... in Boonsboro!

Eat some cake, read a new book

Read novels, boxes and shampoo bottles

There are things to read everywhere you look!

(With apologies to Dr. Seuss)

By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The fourth Read Across America was celebrated Friday in Boonsboro Elementary School, as well as other schools across the county and the nation.

The event celebrates and encourages reading as well as honoring the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the pseudonym of author Theodor Geisel. Geisel died in 1991.

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This year's theme is "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" from the title of a Seuss book.

After all the students at Boonsboro Elementary were read different stories by some of the 22 guest readers, they all sang "Happy Birthday" to Dr. Seuss.

Sonya Barnes, assistant principal, rapped along with "Yo Hungry Wolf" to laughter and praise.

She was reading to fifth-grade classes and figured they had heard most of the usual children's stories and would want to try something different this time, she said.

"It was a lot of fun," she said.

Afterward, the students gave her suggestions on how she should wear her hat and other attire to look more like a real rapper.

Preston Smith, the school's custodian, delighted a class by reading "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble."

"Y'all keep on reading, too," he told the class afterward.

He likes reading to the students each year. He also enjoys reading to his 3-year-old grandson, he said.

Stephanie Hannah, a teacher at the school district office, read "Mr. Persnickety and Cat Lady" to an entranced classroom. When she asked if any students have cats that sleep with them, half the crowd shouted "ooh!" as they raised their hands.

"You are super listeners," she told them.

Before reading "The Library" Peggy Carroll, who works in the district's central office, introduced herself as the woman making the students take annual math assessments.

"Eww!" an unenthusiastic student replied.

That was probably not the best start, Carroll said before beginning the book.

LaRhonda Eslick, the school's PTA president, read "Me First" and "Mrs. Toggle's Zipper." She said she loves reading to the students each year

"We appreciate all of the community members who support our reading program and sharing with our students the importance of reading," said Principal Melissa Warren.

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