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|Nicholas D'Amico and Kayla Hopson read in the school library|
It was a celebration of reading and all things Seussical. Tinc Road Elementary School recently celebrated Read Across America, a nationwide program that encourages children to read. Sponsored by the National Education Association, Read Across America is held annually on the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
The day at Tinc Road featured a variety of activities. Guest readers visited classrooms and read to students. Readers included Rhonda Cohen, board of education member, Dr. Larrie Reynolds, superintendent of schools, and Dr. Debra Martin, director of educational programs.
Buddy reading was also an important part of the day. Older students were paired with younger ones and the buddies read together for a short time. Students in kindergarten were paired with those in grade 3, grade 1 was paired with grade 4, and grade 2 with grade 5.
"Buddy reading benefits both younger and older students," said Melissa Kolenski, instructional supervisor. "This gives them an opportunity to practice reading aloud privately, without the stress of reading in front of the entire class. It also makes reading more fun and fosters friendships between kids of different ages."
To keep excitement high, every day during the week of Read Across America was dedicated to a different Seussical theme and students came dressed accordingly. One day, for example, was Crazy Hat Day in honor of the Seuss classic, "The Cat in the Hat," and Crazy Sock Day recognized "Fox in Socks." On the final day, students honored “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by dressing in the outfits of the occupations they'd like to hold when they grow up.