Read Across America celebrated at TCE
By Whitley Clifton | March 20, 2020 6:00 pm
Last Updated: March 19, 2020 at 3:13 pm
Like several other schools across the nation, Twin City Elementary celebrated Read Across America Week, the signature reading program of the National Education Association. Not only did the school celebrate by reading, it also dressed up with theme days for certain grades, having a book fair, and welcoming special guest readers in various classrooms.
According to the NEA website, the Read Across America program is designed to “bring reading excitement to kids of all ages.” Using March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, as Read Across America Day, the program encourages “teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others” to help students develop a love of reading.
Activities included: second-grade students reading Dr. Seuss books to fifth-grade students; the cooking and eating of green eggs and ham; kindergarten students reading to pre-K classes; Cat in the Hat snacks; making butter; creating oobleck; and enjoying red fish/blue fish snacks.
Celebrity guest readers included: Deborah Griffin and Michelle Millsaps from Durden Banking Company; sheriff candidate Jeffrey Brewer; sheriff candidate Allen Durden; retired teacher Kaye Mincey; Principal Robbie Warnock; ECI student Morgan Rehberg; USA National Miss Teen Sydney Dorsey; Southern Tradition florist Jim Roberts; CarePartners counselor Katie Durden; chief deputy and sheriff candidate Rocky Davis; grandparent volunteer Pam Carr; board of education member Tanya Lane; ECI student Wessyn Willoughby; TCE Assistant Principal Jessica Collins; and TCE media specialist Jodi Jarvis; grandparent volunteer Rusty Simmons; and parent volunteer Morgan Blackburn.
The staff at Twin City Elementary School encourages parents and guardians to read with their students for at least 20 minutes every night to help them become lifelong readers.