Read Across America

Abby Parker, Editorial Board

Sneetches, humming-fish, Cindy-Lou Who!  Swomee-swans, Yooks, Thing One and Thing Two!  These are just a few of the bizarre creatures that elementary schoolers throughout General McLane School District were introduced to on March 3, 2017 for the twentieth anniversary of Read Across America.

“Reading to the kids was fun for both me and them,” said junior Maddy Bruce.  “I loved hearing all their questions and giving them advice.”

Established in 1997 to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, Read Across America is a nationwide initiative encouraging elementary school students to develop a love for reading.  The program at General McLane is led each year by high school librarian Mary Morosky.

“Anything we can do to promote a love of reading at an early age is an amazing thing,” said Morosky.

High schoolers participating in the program this year chose their favorite Dr. Seuss book to read to two elementary school classes. While some students chose books that were childhood favorites, others, such as junior Lily Zheng, chose stories that teach invaluable lessons.

“The ‘Butter Battle Book’ makes a very good point that our generation should listen to,” said Zheng.  “Instead of fighting or looking down at each other, we should look beyond that and find a way to work or live together.”

Overall, the program is beneficial to elementary schoolers and high schoolers alike and provides an exciting way for children to learn about Dr. Seuss.

Said Bruce, “It was a very fun day, and I’m very much looking forward to participating next year.”