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“Some days are Yellow. Some days are Blue. On different days. I’m different too.” ~Dr. Seuss
Principal Shawna Smith stood at the front of the gym joyfully reading from one of her favorite Dr. Seuss books. The students sat quietly listening, tiny hands folded neatly in their naps, with eyes wide open in awe. You see, today was not a regular day at Grant Elementary…today was Yellow, Green, Blue and Orange too!
Students at Grant Elementary started the day off with their regular routine. The Pledge of Allegiance was followed by a recital of their school Mission statement and a fun singalong. If it weren’t for the teachers dressed up in colorful tutus and wacky costumes, it would have been like any other fun Friday. But today was different. Today, students were treated to a special reading guest…or two.
Today was good. Today was FUN. Tomorrow is another One. ~ Dr. Seuss
Under the leadership of their Literacy Goal Team, Grant Elementary celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a weeklong celebration of events geared towards promoting literacy as aligned with the NCSD Strategic Plan: By 2019, NCSD will increase the percentage of students in grades 3, 5, and 8 reading at or above grade level to 85% as measured by the NWEA reading assessment.
Principal Shawna Smith is grateful for the dedication and support of the Literacy team, “Our Goal Team brings forth recommendations for celebrating literacy all year long. As a school we work together to help make the vision happen. An event like this takes a lot of planning and coordinating. The students, staff and parents look forward to it all year. We love the excitement it brings to reading!”
The biggest literacy event of the year is when the school hosts “Read Across America” with community volunteers coming to the school to read their favorite Dr. Suess book while sharing the importance of reading with the students. This year community volunteers included KWHS students, local police, sheriff and firemen, NCSD employees, parents, former Principal Tom Mesecher, and many others. Principal Smith understands the importance of community support for an event such as this, “It really shows the students the importance of reading at all ages and in all types of jobs. Seeing a policeman or Information Technology person reading a Dr. Seuss book is fun, but it also shows them the support they have from people across the community towards reaching their goals.”
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”~ Dr. Seuss
Check out more photos from the celebrity reader event at Grant Elementary below: