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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Former Ligonier Township supervisor accused of abusing position, viewing porn on the job
- Missing Southwest Greensburg man found dead at crash site in Bell
- The real Captain Phillips brings story of piracy to St. Vincent College
- Mt. Pleasant man injured when tractor hit by vehicle
- Laurel Mountain State Park ski plans will go to Ligonier Township supervisors
- $10K grants will help people purchase homes in Monessen
- Records access charges will rise in Westmoreland County
- Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County upgrades emergency communications plan
- Physicist found joy in family, friends, work, wine
- WCCC changes dual-enrollment policy
- Redstone gets $90K grant for safety upgrade