Numerous schools across Aldine ISD kicked off a week of reading March 3 for the 17th annual Read Across America Day. The annual national reading motivation and awareness program calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
AISD students joined 45 million students, teachers and educators across the country to celebrate Read Across America.
Schools are celebrating throughout the week. Everyone at Harris Academy was invited to stop, drop, read and share a Dr. Seuss book in honor of the occasion. Dixie Allen, literacy specialist at the campus, furnished Cat in the Hat headbands that students could wear in the library throughout the day on March 5. Allen also read “Green Eggs and Ham” to students.
Harris Academy students also grabbed their favorite Dr. Seuss book to read with a buddy.
Other Seussical moments took place on campus as well. Gloria Richmond, music specialist at the Harris Academy, read “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?” and had the students sing a tune to the repeating parts of the story.
First grade teacher Elizabeth Park’s class read the book “Horton Hears a Who!” and followed up with everyone making his or her own Cat in the Hat hat.
Second grade teacher Michelle Clewis’ class read “My Many Colored Days.” The students then chose their favorite color to include in a sentence they wrote and then drew a picture for it.
“Dr. Seuss was quoted as saying ‘You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book,'” said Cindy Buchanan, AISD program director of library media services. “Read Across America is about developing a love of reading for pure personal enjoyment as well as academic success.
“The goal of this event and many other programs held on campus libraries throughout the year is to motivate students to read. Avid readers tend to become fluent readers.”
Below are a couple of images from the event at Harris Academy. Folks can also view images from events at Carter Academy.
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