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County schools get extra helpings of Dr. Suess for Read Across America

County schools get extra helpings of Dr. Suess for Read Across America

March 04, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

"Green Eggs and Ham" was being served up at some Washington County schools Monday for Read Across America.

The sixth annual event, sponsored by the National Education Association, is a national reading observance in honor of the late children's author Dr. Seuss.

Cafeteria workers at Pleasant Valley Elementary School made a cake in honor of Seuss' March 2 birthday, Principal Rose Pellegrino said.

Clear Spring Elementary School Music Teacher Chris Mellott plans this week to teach all grade levels songs set to the tune of Seuss' rhyme-riddled work.

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She also said children will read in her class from any number of his books, which include "Green Eggs and Ham," "The Cat in the Hat" and "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," among many others.

Pellegrino said teachers this week plan to incorporate Seuss books into their readings instead of setting aside a day for the event.

At Maugansville and Emma K. Doub elementary schools, the respective Parent Teacher Associations donated a book, varying in subject and author, to each student within the school.

Maugansville Principal Darlene Teach said the school wasn't planning to celebrate the event Monday, but instead will hold its version of the reading day Friday due to weather setbacks. Teachers will switch classrooms and read a book of their choice to different groups of students at that time, she said.

Salem Avenue Elementary School will observe Read Across America all month long by bringing in guest readers, said Carol Mowen, Washington County Public Schools spokeswoman.

Emma K. Doub Principal Sonya Barnes said students were involved in a book swap Monday morning.

Near the end of the school day, students "dropped everything and read" using the books the PTA supplied them.

"We really emphasize reading within the school," Barnes said.

She said the school will have a Literacy Day Friday in which students will practice their reading fluency by reading to each other using storytellers' voice inflections. Students also will participate in a readers' theater, in which students will take a story and act it out as a play.

Pangborn Elementary School also is feeling the impact of snow days, opting to postpone its official observance of Read Across America to March 20, also the school's Literature Festival, where a children's book author and illustrator will talk to the children, Principal Barbara Stouffer said.

Stouffer said students already are participating in a yearlong reading challenge similar to the concept of Read Across America. Each class in the school is represented by a flag staked in a U.S. map on display in one of its hallways. Every student in each class is to read two books a month. Classes with more books read at the end of the month advance farther from the East to West Coast, she said.

Right now, she's not sure which class is ahead in the quest across the states. Students only were required to read one book in February due to the amount of time lost due to snow last month.

"I feel that everything sounds so jumbled at this point because we've had so many interruptions," Stouffer said.

Hickory Elementary School postponed its observance of Read Across America until March 14 due to snow.

"Snow days really crimped Dr. Seuss this year," Mowen said.

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