Last week our school planned several events to celebrate Read Across America. There was the Dr. Seuss Trivia Contest, Dr. Seuss book readings, Dr. Seuss activities, a guest appearance by Truly Remarkable Loon, and an all school read-in on Friday morning with a surprise ending prepared by the teachers.
Bulletin boards, posters, images of the Cat in the Hat, and the red fish and blue fish were lurking around the school.
On Wednesday, I was up at 4:30 AM – bleary-eyed – so I could be at school to let our guest speaker in to set up for his program. And then the phone rang. Alas, snow and slippery roads delayed school for two hours and, in turn, canceled our speaker. Oh, pshaw!
On Friday, the tech teacher and I were in the gym, getting ready for the all school read-in and teacher surprise. Note: Our school is old. Things don’t always work like they’re supposed to work. Yes, we had a few technical difficulties. The minutes ticked away as we rushed to get everything up and running for the 8:15 read-in.
I gave my welcome speech, using the microphone. I found out afterward it was not working. Yes, I’m a dork. Someone could have said something, but there was no time to despair. We had the entire student body contained in one place. It was time to begin the read-in. And then … silence! Every single child had a book in hand. It was a reading miracle!
Before we knew it, it was time for the teachers’ pièce de résistance. A YouTube music video appeared on the big screen, the speakers were turned up, and the teachers slowly danced and sang their way around the students and up to the stage. Expressions were priceless as we performed our unique version of “Gotta Keep Reading.”
Despite some glitches during the week, the Read Across American Celebration was a hit – especially the teacher surprise! The kids were up and dancing with us. As one Pre-K student said, “That was the best time ever!”
That’s what reading can do for you!