National Read Across America Day was on Wednesday and Shawnee Early Childhood School celebrated it in a big way, turning it into a full week of fun activities.
The first Read Across America Day was held in 1998 and always falls on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. At Shawnee, each day of the week was filled with events put together by the school’s Reading and ESL teams. Their goal was to create special moments that the students could look back on forever as one of their cherished memories at Shawnee. And judging from the smiling faces during the week, the teams met that goal.
On Cat in the Hat Day, students wore a hat or stripes and each class decorated their door with the Dr. Seuss theme. On Fox in Sox Day, students wore crazy socks and made a bookmark to give to a reading buddy in another class.
“This week was a celebration of our love for reading,” said Shawnee Principal Theresa Brock. “Students had the opportunity to decorate classroom doors, create bookmarks, enjoy reading with buddy readers in other classrooms/grade levels, and then we read together as a whole school for a ‘stop and read’ across Shawnee. The activities encouraged, supported and engaged students as they become avid readers!”
To culminate the week, Shawnee held Read Across Shawnee Day on Friday, where all students filled the hallways and they sat down and read together.