Elliott Point ES Celebrates Read Across America with Dr. Seuss Birthday Party and Read-a-thon

On Monday, students at Elliott Point Elementary School celebrated Read Across America with a Dr. Seuss birthday party and read-a-thon.

Starting with green eggs and ham for breakfast, guest readers shared Dr. Seuss’ books with the students throughout the day.

“We were excited to welcome local elected officials and school,” said Principal Janet Norris.  “The Cat in the Hat was at school, too.  Our school was decorated with artwork depicting Dr. Seuss’ books.”

“The read-a-thon was a chance for the whole community to come together and celebrate literacy at our school,” said Ruth Witter, Elliott Point’s Media Specialist.  “The whole country celebrates literacy across America through the National Education Association and we decided to bring back our read-a-thon this year.  All of the kids are so excited to see all of the different community people.”

Students and teachers dressed up as characters from Dr. Seuss books or wore anything Seuss-ish (red and white stripes, polka dots, all black, a Seuss t-shirt, etc.).  Student artwork based on various Dr. Seuss books was displayed throughout the hallways of the school. 

“We have two wonderful parent volunteers Maya Schilder and Nyssa Pearce who are responsible for the student artwork,” said Witter.  “Both dedicate their time on a daily basis to ensure our students have access to art classes.”

All grades will be participating in Dr. Seuss author studies or other activities in the classroom throughout the week.

Teacher Denise Richardson had students from other classes vote for their favorite Dr. Seuss book and displayed the results on a data wall.  As of Monday, The Cat in the Hat was the favorite with One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish in second, and Horton Hears a Who in third place.

“Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson signed a reading proclamation to acknowledge our commitment as a school and a community to engage in programs and activities to make America’s children the best readers in the world,” said Witter.

Some of the guest readers included:  School Board Members Dewey Destin and Cindy Frakes; Mary Beth Jackson, Superintendent of Schools;  Ben Anderson, Okaloosa County Tax Collector;  Mike Anderson,  Fort Walton Beach Mayor;  Cindy Gates, Choctawhatchee HS Principal; Charlene Couvillon, Fort Walton Beach HS Principal; John Spolski, Bruner MS Principal; Dr. Lee Hale, Meigs MS Principal; Jeff Palmer, Pryor MS Principal; Dick Rynearson, FWB City Council; Larry Ashley, Okaloosa County Sheriff; Demetrius Fuller, Symphonia Orchestra; Lois Handzo, ELL Okaloosa County; Melody Sommer, ESE Okaloosa County; Denise Vinson McLaughlin, Professional Development; Joan Pickard, Title I; Marti Gardner, Elementary Ed. Director; and Skip Foster Northwest Florida Daily News.

“Also, many parents and former teachers also volunteered their time to read in class,” said Witter.  “Thank you to Mary Partlow and Diana Bernier for contacting and scheduling all of the readers.”

For more information on Read Across America, click here.

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