Cats in Hats, Things 1 and Things 2, and other characters from loved books showed up in classrooms and libraries across Westminster Public Schools last Thursday on what would have been Dr. Seuss’s 113th birthday. It was all to celebrate the 20th year of Read Across America Day in Seuss’s honor.
Dr. Seuss had it right when he said, “You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."
Members of the district as well as people from all around the community volunteered their time to come read their favorite children’s stories to the kids at the elementary schools. Guest readers included: Faith Winters (Colorado State House Representative), Stacey Worthington (Assistant Attorney General), Charles (Chaz) Tedesco (Adams County Commissioner), and of course our very own Superintendent Pamela Swanson and her husband, Randy.
The National Education Association started Read Across America day 20 years ago on Seuss’s birthday to honor the courage and wisdom his books instill in children and to encourage reading. The message is that it is important to read not just on Read Across America Day, but every day of the year.
“To see the student’s faces as I read to them was absolutely fantastic,” said Karen Herrera of Sherrelwood Elementary. In Dr. Seuss’s wise words, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
And oh, the places our WPS kids will go!