At a glance ...
• Craig elementary schools participated Friday in Read Across America Day.
• The annual event coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss and is designed to promote reading.
• The Moffat County Education Association organized read-alouds and activities in elementary schools.
“That’s what it’s all about … igniting that flame.”
— Michele Conroy, Sandrock Elementary School third-grade teacher, about Read Across America Day
The signs of Dr. Seuss were everywhere Friday at Sandrock Elementary School.
Students in Crystal Lytle’s first-grade classroom made Truffula trees while Michele Conroy’s third-graders made Seuss-inspired hats out of paper.
Friday was the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, legendary author of “The Cat in the Hat” and a score of other children’s books.
March 2 was also Read Across America Day.
Craig elementary schools, along with other schools across the country, celebrated the annual event designed to encourage children to read. The national celebration was also intended to urge parents to read with their children at home.
“All stakeholders have a responsibility in providing that gift … of reading,” said Conroy, also Moffat County Education Association interim vice president.
Craig elementary schools participated in the event with book readings and crafts, activities that mesh with what educators try to accomplish on a year-round basis, Conroy said.
“It’s what we’re all about” as educators, she said. “… Our heart and soul is to give the gift of reading and learning to our students.”
The Education Association spearheaded the event this year, and its members had help Friday.
Students from Moffat County High School’s student council and speech and debate team, as well as its Distributive Education Clubs of America and Future Business Leaders of America groups, read to elementary school students and lead them in Seuss-themed crafts.
In Conroy’s class, MCHS speech and debate team members Cullen Dilldine and Ryan Zehner told third-graders how reading plays into other subjects they’ll encounter later on, sending the message that “reading is essential for all learning,” she said.
Krista Schenck, an MCHS business, marketing and technology teacher, also can attest to that fact.
“Reading isn’t just for the English teachers anymore,” said Schenck, also Education Association co-president and one of the event’s organizers.
“It’s crucial to everything you do in life.”
First, however, educators must capture students’ interest in reading, which was where Read Across America Day came into play.
“That’s what it’s all about … igniting that flame,” Conroy said.
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