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Mt. Pleasant Area High School hosts reading night

| Thursday, March 7, 2013, 8:05 p.m.
Alisyn Firestone, 4, has fun with Sarah Teska, 17, who is making hand-print pictures. Marilyn Forbes | For the Daily Courier
Elaborate face painting was a big hit as Sara Hardy, 10, gets the finishing touches put on her eyelids by Abby Worth, 17. Marilyn Forbes | For the Daily Courier

Hundreds of parents and students filled the cafeteria and other areas of the Mt. Pleasant Area High School this week as they celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday.

“This is a collaboration between the Spirit Club, the Youth Education Association and the Interact Clubs,” event coordinator and faculty member Linda Mondock said. “We are celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday with different crafts, different activities and The Cat in the Hat is also here.”

The event featured numerous crafts and activities, such as balloon animals, face painting, cupcake decorating, Dr. Seuss Bingo and many other activities to keep the children occupied while promoting the message of the importance of reading.

“I think this is a great way to stress the importance of reading,“ student Sarah Teska, 17. Teska was helping with hand painting. “I plan to be a teacher, and I know that reading is really important. That and I like working with the kids.”

The movie “The Lorax” was presented in the high school auditorium.

“This is a wonderful event,” parent Susan Lambert said. “It's fun. The kids enjoy it, but it also stresses the importance of not only reading, but having your children read to you.”

The activities were free of charge, and long lines formed for some of the more popular offerings.

“The face painting and the balloon animals are big hits,” teacher and Interact faculty advisor Colleen Minerd said. “We usually get up to 300 people, and this is a fun way to promote reading in our district.”

Prizes were awarded for the best coloring of pages, and one lucky school homeroom will be the recipient of a cupcake party.

“We really tried to promote it this year,” Mondock said. “I took some of the kids from the Spirit Club and we personally visited each room in every one of the elementary schools to invite the kids, tell them about the event, and pass out flyers.”

School board member and parent Annette Wisneski was impressed with what she saw and was thankful for all of the volunteers.

“This is an absolutely amazing event,” Wisneski said. “This district has the best teachers and students who are willing to promote something like this to enhance the lives of the children. They are promoting the love of reading which leads to the love of learning. This is wonderful.”

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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