Last week, schools all over the country celebrated the National Education Association's "Read Across America Day", the nation's largest reading event which is held near Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2).

Towamensing Elementary School held daily events all week long following a New York theme. One of those events was the Door Decorating contest.

"The students and teachers put so much thought and creativity into their doors. It was very hard to pick one winner. So this year we decided to give a prize to the primary grades and one to the upper grades," said Stacey Olewine, Towamensing's reading specialist.

Mrs. Lori Smith's second grade class won first place for their "Lion King" door. Using brown plates, bowls and construction paper, the children decorated them like lion faces under a beautiful jungle tree. Mrs. Smith took each student's picture, dressed up like actors and actresses and placed them in individual Showbills with their bios, just like they were Broadway stars. Each one graced the wall next to their winning door.

In the upper grades, the winners were Mrs. Serfass', Mrs. Morgan's sixth grade classes and Mrs. Greene's fifth grade class. They worked together to create a "Shop Til You Drop" street in New York City. Their doors and walls in the hallways around them featured tall buildings and stores found on 5th Avenue like Tiffany & Co., Abercrombie & Fitch, Kleinfeld, M & M store, American Girl, Toys R Us, FAO Schwartz, Macy's and more.

Each of the winners will be entitled to a classroom party to be held in the near future.

But every student who reads, and not just during Read Across America week, is a winner in our book.