Reading & Writing Highlighted During Across America Week Events


Read Across America & Other Reading Events
Students have many diverse opportunities to be engaged in reading as special activities take place during Read Across America Week and all month in March of 2017.  With the help of parents and staff, the elementary schools hosted “Read Across America” week events in honor of Dr. Seuss February 27 through March 3, 2017. Some events even carried over through the next few weeks. Here are a few highlights of the events.

Eden Hall Upper Elementary School
Guest Readers Share Love of Reading
Eden Hall celebrated Read Across America Week with special guest readers in the classroom including Superintendent Brian Miller, Mrs. Colleen Todd, a retired teacher, and school director Holly Johnston. 

School Hosts Week-Long Activities
Other activities included a school-wide
DEAR (Drop Everything & Read) time each day. Students even participated in a themed character-dress up day. They picked a favorite book character to dress up as.

Students Pitch in for Read-to-Feed Fundraiser
In addition, students at Eden Hall participated in Read to Feed.
Kids read and needy families around the world benefit from Heifer International’s Read to Feed program.

Students Treated to Discussion with Author Via Skype
Activities extended until the end of the month. Students, in teachers Dana Lestitian and Dave Harlan’s classrooms, were able to skype with author Jordan Sonnenblick, who is an
American writer of young adult fiction. He is a graduate of New York City's Stuyvesant High School, and of the University of Pennsylvania.  He fielded questions from students and spoke about the writing process.

Hance Elementary School
Guest Reader & Award-Winning Pup Take Time to Read & Talk with Students

A special guest reader visited Hance Elementary School. Hance Elementary School students enjoys a lively reading session with Dr. Kathy Harrington, retired Pine-Richland Middle School, who brought her her bearded collie Olivia, who earned Best of Breed in 2013 at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  Dr.Harrington returned to read during the annual Read Across America activities that take place across the district. She read Dr. Seuss’ “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.” She changed the name to Mayberry Street after the building principal Dr. John Mayberry.  Her dog Olivia not only visits schools, but visits rehabilitation centers as a therapy dog.  Dr. Harrington worked as a principal for 20 years at PRSD.“It was so nice to be home again in Ram country, and as always everyone was most kind and welcoming,” Dr. Harrington said. “I was thrilled and honored to be there, thanks a million for inviting me to share Dr. Seuss Day with everyone.” 

Principal Challenges Students to Reading More
Hance Elementary students have been participating in a new fundraiser.  It is called Whooo's Reading, and is a PTO sponsored read-a-thon to raise funds for the school.  "It was a fantastic, very fun, fundraiser that got our kids reading, while learning about cyber safety and raising money all at once," PTO representative Liana Murray said. " Our goals were to raise $4500, and read for 100,000 minutes." Students surpassed the goal and read 105,678 minutes and raised $6,242. Dr. John Mayberry, principal, promised to color his hair pink on March 10 if the goal was met.   Ms. Murray did the honors!  Ms. Murray and GATE/Computer teacher Danielle Czegan coordinated the program.  Students could log on to a special program and log hours read, cheer on their fellow classmates and see who was reading.  Top readers received a certificate and gift certificate for the upcoming book fair. Second Grader Evan Daruwalla was the top reader with 3,231 minutes logged. 

Richland Elementary School
Students Help with Read to Feed Fundraiser
Students at Richland Elementary School are tying Read Across America day in with an outreach program. Students asked parents and family members to sponsor them for the number of minutes or hours they read. Each class pooled its funds and selected which animals they would like to sponsor to help Heifer International assist millions of families. Heifer International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending world hunger and poverty while caring for the earth Students read and raised $8,548.05 to help families in need. These funds will be matched by a generous donor. See what the classes voted to donate. Librarian Andrew Hovanec said the school also hosted its annual book fair.

Wexford Elementary School
Students Enjoy Themed Activities Including Green Eggs & Ham Day
The PTO funded a special pajama day during the school day at Wexford Elementary School. President Heather Weitzel helped organize a special week of themed outfits and activities, which included a Green Eggs and Ham Day to tie in with the school’s Pine-Richland Spirit Day.  Rumor has it Sodexo, PR’s food service provider, served up green eggs and ham for lunchtime and there were many takers.

Local Author Shares Her Experience as Writer
Local author Dede Rittman read her book “Grady Gets Glasses” on March 3, 2017. The story chronicles the story of a bunny who needs to wear glasses.  Librarian Maria McCormick says the story was a wonderful way of including the message of acceptance and diversity. Prior to the event, parents helped students create fashionable glasses that they could wear during the author’s assembly.  Special guest readers also visited Wexford Elementary School