West Haven schools celebrate Read Across America Day
West Haven schools celebrate Read Across America Day
Posted on 03/11/2016
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WEST HAVEN, March 8, 2016 — With red and white hats atop their heads, drawings of book covers hung in their hallways, and favorite stories on the day’s agenda, West Haven Public School students and teachers celebrated all things Dr. Seuss last week on Read Across America Day.

The annual event is recognized at schools nationwide on the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss, the author who penned children’s classics like “Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,” and other books that have been helping youngsters learn to read for decades. West Haven teachers hoped the day’s special activities would encourage students to appreciate the simple joy of diving into a good book and to read for fun at home.

"I am sure Dr. Seuss would be very happy with everyone’s efforts here in West Haven,” said Colette Bennett, the district’s English Language Arts and Social Studies Coordinator and West Haven’s Read Across America Day organizer. “Our teachers emphasize literacy skills and their application in all academic subjects, even math, throughout the year, but this was an opportunity to just have fun with books, stories and characters.”

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Schools across the district marked the day in their own ways, whether that meant hosting guest readers, putting on a skit, or dressing in costumes.

West Haven High School students read to youngsters at Edith E. Mackrille Elementary School, Forest Elementary School, Savin Rock Community School and Carrigan Intermediate School, while volunteers from the United Way of Greater New Haven read to students at Washington Elementary School. Superintendent of Schools Neil C. Cavallaro and Assistant Superintendent Anne Druzolowski also served as guest readers at multiple schools.

Alma E. Pagels Elementary School staff members performed a skit based off Dr. Seuss book “Daisy-Head Mayzie” at a school-wide gathering and held a “Cat in the Hat”-themed Family Literacy Night with Seth G. Haley Elementary School March 3.

Savin Rock and Washington held a similar literacy night a few weeks ago and started celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday early. Both literacy nights featured free food for families in attendance, a writing activity, a craft, and a movie, and gave parents an additional chance to be involved in their school community and talk with teachers.

Forest students and staff also decorated classroom doors in writing or reading themes for Read Across America Day, while Pagels students made bookmarks and wrote about Dr. Seuss characters “Thing 1” and “Thing 2.” At Haley, story time involved books that had a math or numbers focus, and students took turns in a Dr. Seuss-themed photo booth.

The Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 could be found walking the hallways at Mackrille, where students also had the chance to "stop, drop and read" mid-afternoon.

At Carrigan, students also drew visual representations of their favorite Dr. Seuss quotes to display throughout the building, while Bailey Middle School students took photos with their favorite books.

“It was wonderful to see how well the teachers at each school collaborated in promoting the importance of reading on Read Across America Day," Bennett added.