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Bedford Central School District Celebrates Read Across America Week
Today you are You.
That is truer than true.
There is no one alive
Who is Youer than You. – Dr. Seuss
Elementary schools across the Bedford Central School District celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday last week, with theme days, guest readers, read alouds and more. The events, part of Read Across America, went beyond Dr. Seuss’s birthday to serve as celebrations of literacy and reading.
At Bedford Hill Elementary School (BHES), Dr. Joel Adelberg, acting superintendent, sat in a rocking chair wearing a big red and white striped hat a la “The Cat in the Hat” while a room full of kindergarteners giggled.
“Do you know why we’re reading a Dr. Seuss book today?” he asked.
Students immediately chimed in, telling Dr. Adelberg that it was Dr. Seuss’s birthday and they were celebrating all week long. The fun began with BHES’ beloved Community Readers Event. Each class hosted a special guest, with many readers drawn from the local community including the Bedford Recreation Department, Bedford Hills Free Library and Bedford Police Department.
BHES also held theme days including Red and White Day, Wear a Shirt You Can Read Day, Pajama Day, Colors Day and Hat Day. Thursday night saw the annual Seuss-A-Bration and Friday ended the celebratory week in style. The day started with a reading train with students, teachers and staff lining the halls and reading independently. The day culminated with buddy reading and a performance of What Pet Should I Get? starring fifth graders.
BHES wasn’t the only school to celebrate.
At Mount Kisco Elementary School librarian Linda Cohen kicked things off with a schoolwide Drop Everything and Read event in the gym. Like BHES, students also enjoyed special theme days: Mixed Up Monday, Top Hat Tuesday, Wacky Socks Wednesday, Theodore Thursday and Funny Food Friday. In addition, each day started with a Dr. Seuss quote. Cohen also handed out Dr. Seuss bookmarks in the library and read Dr. Seuss books with every grade level.
At West Patent Elementary School, there was an all-school read aloud with Mount Kisco Mayor Gina Picinich. While pajama-clad students followed along on the big screen, Mayor Picinich read “The Cat In the Hat.” Teachers wore big, brightly-colored hats and t-shirts with Dr. Seuss quotes. Throughout the day, students enjoyed guest readers, time spent with their buddy classes, and did lots of reading.
The activities at each school were designed to cultivate a love of books and to show students that reading is fun. Judging by the laughter, smiles and bonding over books that happened all week long, it was a great success!