Read Across America 2016
Students, teachers, and administrators from the Weatherly Area School district joined schools from across the nation in celebrating Read Across America, a celebration of reading that commemorates the birthday of the beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.
As part of the celebration, members of the community visited classrooms and shared their favorite Dr. Seuss stories with students. There was a great deal of activity as Mayor Tom Connors dressed as the Cat in the Hat, and high school students, Arlene Connors and Katie Graham, entertained everyone with their antics as Thing One and Thing Two.
To join in the fun, students dressed as their favorite Seuss characters, donned a special Read Across America tee shirt, or wore red. Kindergarten students participated in a book challenge with the goal of reading 100 books, a goal that they exceeded! Also in conjunction with Read Across America activities in the district and in recognition of Dr. Seuss’s recently discovered and published children’s book What Pet Should I Get?, students donated much needed supplies to the Weatherly Pound. Donated items included cat and dog food, treats, toys, bedding, and litter.
Students who participated in the Read Across America activities received prizes of books, gift certificates for Barnes and Nobles Bookstore, and art supplies. The prizes were made possible through the generous support of the Weatherly Area High School Alumni Association, Barnes and Nobles in Wilkes Barre, Weatherly PTA, and Sargent Arts.
The school cafeteria prepared a special Seuss lunch for students, and guest readers enjoyed a luncheon together in the middle school LGI room following the day’s activities.
Now in its 19th year, Read across America, initiated by the National Education Association, focuses on motivating children and teens to read through school and community events, partnerships, and reading resources.
This year’s activities were coordinated by Barbara Sipler, Title I Coordinator and reading specialist, along with Title I Teaching Assistants, Debra Spaide, Jennifer Coxe, and Sharlene Strauss.