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Stephanie Raper
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Read Across America Activities

Dr. Suess lesson       What skill is needed to accomplish just about any type of job or task in today’s world?  Reading!  Everyone needs this important skill in order to read recipes, instructions, street signs, and maybe even for good old entertainment and enjoyment.  School is the place where most of us learn this important ability, and recently some Grenada High School students shared their love of reading through the program Read Across America. 

Read Across America is a national celebration of kids and reading that occurs on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2.  This year marked the 108th anniversary of the highly touted author’s birth.  The esteemed Dr. Seuss grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, and credits his mother for his ability and desire to create the rhymes for which he is famous.  He was born Theodore Seuss Geisel and began using his middle name as a pseudonym in college after a prohibition-related indiscretion that led to his removal as editor of Dartmouth College’s humor magazine, Jack-O-Lantern.   Before his death in 1991, the esteemed children’s writer had penned 44 children’s classics including the defining book of his career, The Cat in the Hat.

In observance of this auspicious date, senior GHS National Honor Society members travelled to Grenada Elementary School to share their love of Dr. Seuss with kindergarten and first grade classes.  The seniors each read a book to the classrooms they visited, and some of the students even dressed up as characters from the books.  Senior National Honor Society readers included:  Jessica Hood, Randi Daniels, Laura Katherine Barker, Cassie Bennett, Kaitlin Harrison, Leigh-Ann Parker, Austin Henderson, Jerry Clark, Chace Holland, Presley Coleman, Dani Denley, Shinique Tisdale, Tysheann Grant, Kim Fortner, Shavonna Herron, and Ashley King.  This was the first year that National Honor Society students from GHS have participated in Read Across America, but according to sponsor Elizabeth Landingham, they have plans to make it an annual event.  She stated, “The seniors and the GES children had a ball during Read Across America.  We are all looking forward to participating again!

Read Across America was developed by a small group at the National Education Association in order to celebrate reading.  The group saw a need to motivate kids to read and to create generations of lifelong readers.  They reflected, “We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football.  We assemble to remember that Character Counts.  Why don’t we do something to get kids excited about reading?

Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.  Share the joy of reading with the children in your lives today; make every day Read Across America day!