Celebrating reading

Fifth-graders at Riverview Middle School curl up with good books March 1 during the school’s Read Across America celebration. — Submitted photo Fifth-graders at Riverview Middle School curl up with good books March 1 during the school’s Read Across America celebration. — Submitted photo Students in the Plymouth School District celebrated Read Across America with a variety of activities from guest readers to Dr. Seuss-inspired snacks.

At Riverview Middle School, students participated in “Hats Off to Reading” on March 1. Students were invited to wear pajamas and to bring in sleeping bags and pillows, and had several opportunities throughout the day to relax and read.

Students researched authors and books tied to states they are studying in social studies. They also illustrated a quote from a Dr. Seuss book to show how it connects to their own lives, and made a poster of their favorite book.

Students made and enjoyed Dr. Seuss-themed snacks, including green deviled eggs, ham roll-ups and Dr. Seuss hat fruit kebabs made with bananas, strawberries and grapes.

Activities also included Principal Chris Scudella and various teachers reading aloud, as well as Dr. Seuss tongue twisters.

The effort was a collaboration between fifth-grade teachers Katie Rortvedt, Josh Batzner and Candi O'Brien with literacy coach Lynn Graening.

Horizon Elementary School celebrated with an entire week of activities.

Monday, March 4 was Green Day in honor of “Green Eggs and Ham,” when students and staff wore green. Nearly two dozen professionals – including a carpenter, an optometrist, police officers, an attorney, a mechanic, a farmer, a mail carrier, a firefighter, a vet and a nurse – read to students throughout the day.

The benefits of having community members read in the classrooms were three-fold, said Lisa Krzyzaniak, Horizon reading specialist. Students had an opportunity to hear a new adult read to them, they were given the opportunity to think about possible career choices and – most importantly – they learned that reading is vital for every career.

“The support from the community was overwhelming as we had over 20 professionals take time out of their day to visit us,” Mrs. Krzyzaniak said. “People from all walks of life read to Horizon students that day, sharing with them how important reading is in their job. It was really a fun way to spread a valuable message about reading."

On Hat Day, students wore hats and read “The Cat in the Hat.” Fourth-graders also enjoyed a “read-in” with an entire day of reading activities. Students could read to themselves, read to a friend, read to an adult, read to a younger student, e-read, read picture books, read non-fiction books, and participate in reader's theater and comprehension activities.

“The kids really enjoyed it, and some of them are asking if we could do it again already,” said fourth-grade teacher Justin Lloyd.

Students dressed in backward or mismatched outfits on Wacky Wednesday, and wore silly socks and read “Fox in Socks” and “The Foot Book” on Silly Sock Day.

Friday was Pajama Day; students were encouraged to carry a book with them at all times, in case they were asked to “Stop, Drop and Read.”

At Fairview Elementary School, guest readers read Dr. Seuss books to third-graders in Mary Vanderkin’s and Lisa Little’s classes. The classes also read Dr. Seuss books with each other.

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