Mt. Pleasant elementary students salute Seuss, appreciate reading
In recognition of the birthday of children's author Theodor Seuss Giesel — better know as Dr. Seuss — children across America are participating in Read Across America.
Elementary schools in Mt. Pleasant were no exception.
Students spent the this week taking part in fun projects, events and special lunches all focused on the author and his many works of literature.
“We did special things all week,” Norvelt teacher Paula Walker said. “We dressed differently on different days and even the cafeteria made special things.
“They made red and blue Jello for ‘One Fish, Two, Red Fish, Blue Fish' Day. They also made green eggs and ham on Thursday for ‘Green Eggs and Ham' Day. It didn't look very appetizing, but the kids just loved it.”
Norvelt had special visitors on Friday. About 30 students from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg campus visited elementary school students. They read to students and made crafts with them.
Pitt student Christina Pertinaci helped the Norvelt students make Lorax figures in honor of the book “The Lorax,” which she read to them.
“I wanted to try to find something fun for the kids to do,” Pertinaci, 20, said. “I thought it would be nice to have a craft with the Lorax in it.”
Ramsay Elementary had a full week of activities.
“We have about 200 grandparents and other adults coming to read to the students,” Ramsay Elementary teacher Amy Cavalier said. “This is our eighth year, and we are happy with the response.”
The grandparents and other adults came to the school throughout Friday and read stories to students.
“I'm looking forward to this,” Linda Koskee of Mt. Pleasant said as she was preparing to read to grandson Brevan Williams.
Ramsay Elementary students took part in another fun national event — “Read the Most from Coast to Coast.”
The national reading event, which began in the 2011-12 school year, challenges students to join together to break the record for the number of Accelerated Reader quizzes taken in one day, Cavalier said.
“The record they will attempt to top, set last school year, is 3,581,992 quizzes. Accelerated Reader, a reading-management software program for K-12 schools, helps educators monitor and manage students' personalized reading practice. Students read a book at the appropriate level and then take a quiz on a computer.”
The message of the week: Reading can be fun, and the celebration of one of the world's best known children's writers is a great way to bring that message across.
Read Across America will be celebrated from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Pleasant Area High School. Community residents and leadersleaders will read to children.
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.