Read Across America, local schools spotlight Dr. Seuss
by Brooke Borba | Patterson Irrigator
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City councilman Dominic Farinha reads to a first-grade class Tuesday morning, March 4, at Apricot Valley Elementary.
City councilman Dominic Farinha reads to a first-grade class Tuesday morning, March 4, at Apricot Valley Elementary.
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Librarian and media tech Claire Mendoza facilitates event happenings and raffle drawings Monday evening.
Librarian and media tech Claire Mendoza facilitates event happenings and raffle drawings Monday evening.
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First-grader Andrew Sevilla holds his favorite book as his listens to guest speaker Tori Hughes, Police Chief of Patterson Police Services, read along to one of Dr. Seuss’s many classics Monday evening, March 3 at Walnut Grove. ----Photos by Brooke Borba and Janie Vessel
First-grader Andrew Sevilla holds his favorite book as his listens to guest speaker Tori Hughes, Police Chief of Patterson Police Services, read along to one of Dr. Seuss’s many classics Monday evening, March 3 at Walnut Grove. ----Photos by Brooke Borba and Janie Vessel
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Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Sunday March 2, 2014 will start NEA’s (National Education Association) annual Read Across America event, while Monday, March 3, will be the 17th annual Read Across America Day. The Seussical celebration will kick off a week of reading across the nation as NEA members gather students, parents, schools and community members together to share their love of reading.

Throughout the week, students from various elementary schools were treated to guest readers from Patterson Police Services, City Council, the West Stanislaus Fire Protection District and many other notable organizations and individuals in an attempt to promote literacy.

Although each school handled their tradition differently, many students and teachers could be found donning the iconic Cat in the Hat t-shirts, caps and crafts throughout the week.

“My son is dressed up as Cat in the Hat,” said Nicole Vessel, mother of first-grade student Andrew Sevilla. “I always love these events because they are for your kids. As long as he is interested, I don’t see a problem with showing my support. I think it’s great the school’s try to get these kids involved in reading.”

On Monday evening, March 3, Walnut Grove’s Parent Teacher Organization even hosted a night for readers as part of their dual-immersion program.

Parents and children were invited to listen to Dr. Seuss’s classics as a family, and even had the chance to read together in Spanish.

Participants were treated to two Seussical-styled cakes, and were even handed out free books in English and Spanish. One hundred crafts were also provided during the event to simulate many of the most cherished stories, including the Lorax and Cat.

Among the list of readers was Patterson Police Chief Tori Hughes who read, “Oh, the places you’ll go.”

“It was perfect,” said Hughes about the experience. “I think it’s important that they get to see all the community leaders and meet them. I had fun, and I’m surprised by the turnout.”

Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24 or brooke@pattersonirrigator.com.
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