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Chatham schools participate in annual Read Across America event

Posted Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Students in Chatham County Schools joined schools across the nation in participating in the annual Read Across America day on Wednesday, March 2.

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. It was the inspiration of a reading task force sponsored by the National Education Association in 1998.

Pittsboro Elementary had several guest readers from the central office of the school district as well as staff from the school read to different grade levels. A parent, Vicky Newell, dressed as Cat in the Hat and read to kindergarten classes. Beth McCullough read to first graders. Betsy Mitchell and Sharon Clapp read to second graders. Leslie Ewald, Principal Dale Minge, and Assistant Principal Jody Cleven read to third graders. George Greger-Holt and Joe Man read to fourth graders.

Siler City Elementary students were able to incorporate technology into their Read Across America events. Marie Hunnicutt and her students at the Mayland Early College in Spruce Pine, NC read to the Siler City students via Skype. Hunnicutt is the daughter of media specialist Susan Hunnicutt and a former Siler City Elementary student.

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