FALLBROOK — With a week of activities, La Paloma students joined the nation in celebrating Read Across America Day. Librarian Beverly Sherman organized numerous activities beginning on Monday, March 2, coinciding with Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Each day a different state was highlighted and students were encouraged to dress up in clothing representing that state. It seemed that everyone’s favorite dress-up day was Monday, highlighting California and “Native Son” Dr. Seuss. Floppy red and white top hats were a common sight that day.
Monday also featured a Dr. Seuss video and popcorn party in the library during lunch as well as a special silent reading time after morning announcements. In addition, teachers swapped classrooms to read aloud to students in different grades that afternoon. The children loved “mixing it up” at the end of this special day!
At lunch on Thursday, children had the opportunity to part in a book swap. This was an excellent opportunity to try out a new book that another student had previously enjoyed.
The celebration concluded on Friday with awards for the book cover contest and Reading Raffle. A “quilt” was created from the student-designed book covers and is still on display in the library. Awards were given for five covers judged to be the best.
Friday also marked the climax of the weeklong Reading Records Raffle. Students whose parents kept track of their reading for the week, and who read at least 20 minutes each day, were eligible to enter the raffle drawing. Names were drawn and Samantha P., Kate C., Margaux C., Cristina J. and Amber H. each had the opportunity to choose a brand new hardcover book as a prize.
The week’s activities emphasized La Paloma’s belief that reading is not only fun but also something to celebrate.