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Dr. Seuss books celebrated in Washington County Public Schools

March 17, 2013
  • Springfield Middle School library media specialist Anita Hagy celebrates reading as the "Cat In the Hat."
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Washington County Public Schools celebrated Read Across America in a number of creative ways at many schools during the week of Feb. 25, including activities on Friday, March 1, in observance of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, which was March 2.

 Martha Cordova, library media specialist at North Hagerstown High School, coordinated a group of North High students on a visit to Maugansville Elementary School to read Dr. Seuss to students.

The North High students also brought new Dr. Seuss books and accompanying stuffed animals for the Maugansville Elementary library.

 Hancock Middle-Senior High School staff read passages from Dr. Seuss books on the morning announcements on March 1. Middle school students who identified the book featuring each passage were eligible for prize drawings. Ten students were awarded gift certificates they could redeem at the school book fair. The activity was organized by library media specialist Cindy Sharer.

 At Hancock Elementary School, fifth-graders used an online program on March 1 to contact pen pals at East Hancock Elementary School in Kiln, Miss.

The students introduced themselves, shared hobbies and interests and recommended books. Hancock Elementary library media specialist Ann Mathena coordinated the pen pal arrangement with her counterpart in Mississippi.

 Springfield Middle School, led by library media specialist Anita Hagy, who dressed as the “Cat In the Hat” all day, and Read Across America committee members Kelly Mowen and Nici Harpster, put together fun activities and gave away prizes on March 1.

Students created book-  marks representing reading and Springfield Middle and the creations of 10 finalists were judged. Each of the 10 won a paperback book and the winner’s design will be used for bookmarks for the media center.

March 1 was Hat Day, but students could only wear a hat while carrying a reading book.

Teachers started each period by sharing their favorite books and authors.

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