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Schools hold annual Read Across America celebrations

Posted Monday, March 12, 2007

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Bonlee, NC - The Bonlee eighth grade WBES morning news crew assumed new identities for their morning show on March 2nd. Announcers for this special show were 'Thing 1' and 'Thing 2' (Ashley Lamonds and Kristen Saunders). Special guest was The Cat in the Hat, aka Macon Moore). The group's morning show began the school wide Read Across America Day celebration that is held on Dr. Seuss's birthday.

Bonlee had a variety of reading activities on tap to help commemorate the legacy left by the famous children's author, Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss started a read-aloud tradition for kids years ago. Now, schools and parents across the nation help celebrate his birthday, which is March 2, as a part of the "Read Across America Day" program.

The reading event was started in 1998 in an effort to create student excitement about reading. Media coordinator, Jane Andrews, who works with the WBES students helped plan the activities for the morning news show and the classrooms. Kindergarten through third grade students completed a glyph activity as their entry into a contest in the media center to win some famous Dr. Seuss characters. Winners were announced on the special Seuss show.

The morning news team also shared a PowerPoint presentation on the life of Seuss, his many books and the positive messages he delivered with his books. The show concluded with the Seuss story of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, which delivers a message of the acceptance of diversity that is the March character trait focus.

Student attire for the day was stovepipe Seuss style hats and red and white clothing to honor Seuss. Teachers were given a Cat in the Hat style hat to wear as part of the celelebration of reading and the 50th anniversary of the Seuss book The Cat in the Hat. Classroom activities included the reading of some of Dr. Seuss's forty-four books. Green eggs and ham were brunch items in Mrs. Thurman and Gee's classes.

Andrews said, “The intended message of the day was that reading is fun and kids who read, and who are read to, do better in school.”

Other schools, including Moncure and Pittsboro Elementary, also held Read Across America activities. Dr. Ann Hart, Superintendent, read several of her favorite children's books to second graders in Brooke Freehling's class at Moncure.

Pittsboro Elementary students celebrated Read Across America Day by coming to "Camp Read-Alot" with their books and plenty of enthusiasm to read. Students dressed in red and white and were treated to a read-aloud-story and a camp song written by a first grade teacher, Ann Koontz. The Pittsboro Elementary ITS teachers, Debra Lasater and Sharon Clapp, coordinated the reading camp.

J.S. Waters Principal Gary Yoder

"Many thanks to our PTA volunteers and the school staff for their wonderful help and support with this special event," said Clapp.

At J.S. Waters Principal Gary Yoder spent time reading Dr. Seuss books to the first and second graders. The children decorated hats and wore them while Yoder wore his special Dr. Seuss hat.

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