Students celebrate Read Across America Week
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Parkside Education Center Title I Reading Specialist Holly Sell, dressed as "The Cat in the Hat", and her husband, firefighter Rob Sell (center) of the Palmerton Fire Department, participate in reading activities with pupils.
Reading can certainly prove to be quite the adventure.
Pupils in the Palmerton Area School District found that out firsthand when they recently observed Read Across America Week.
Parkside Education Center and S.S. Palmer Elementary pupils celebrated the occasion with various activities, according to Holly Sell, Title I Reading Specialist, Parkside Education Center.
At Parkside, the pupils began their day with a schoolwide Reader's Oath to read every day. Afterward, the morning kindergarteners and half of the first grade students had a school assembly with The Cat in the Hat. Firefighter Rob Sell, of the Palmerton Fire Company, then read the book "Firefighting A to Z", to the pupils.
From there, "The Cat in the Hat", portrayed by Holly Sell, and the students read Dr. Seuss's book, "Green Eggs and Ham". Morning kindergarten then joined in singing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss and had cake.
The activities were then repeated with the afternoon kindergarten, extended day kindergarten and the rest of first grade.
All the afternoon kindergarten, extended day kindergarten, and all of first grade went to an assembly at S.S. Palmer Elementary.
There, they saw a Reading Assembly called "Domino the Great". Later, all of the pupils joined together to sing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss and had cake.
Each pupil was sent home with a reader's oath bookmark and a letter that asked families to read with their children to honor Read Across America Day, which was March 2.
"I believe the students were really excited, and thought the Read Across America activities were a lot of fun," Sell said. "The message being sent to the kids was that reading is fun, and as my shirt said, "Reading is the key to ALL learning."