SES kids and parents celebrate Read Across America on Dr. Seuss’s birthday |

SES kids and parents celebrate Read Across America on Dr. Seuss’s birthday

by Joyce Hollister

Scarselli Elementary School students and their parents joined millions of people across the nation in the first “Read Across America Day” with an SES Family Literacy Night March 2.

That day is the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the famous children’s author.

During the day, SES students took part in language arts activities, according to reading specialist Cindy Supko.

Among the events, older students in the SES Pals cross-age tutoring program met with their younger counterparts to read Dr. Seuss books.

Older students did word searches in class using Dr. Seuss books.

“The kids loved it,” Supko said.

During the Family Literacy Night, parents and children read together on pillows, blankets and gym mats on the floor in the multi-purpose room.

Before they began reading, Supko talked to parents about how to read to their children in the most effective way.

First, she said, they should look at the title and look at the pictures page by page.

“This gives children a background before they read the story so they have something to hook onto,” she said.

Books read during Family Literacy Night came from the SES Book Fair, operated by parent volunteers in one corner of the room.

After reading together, students and parents could purchase books at the fair.

Read Across America is a program sponsored by the National Education Association, which says that students who read outside of school do better in school.

Supko said she hopes that the day can be celebrated each year at SES with reading activities, family nights and book fairs.

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