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Plum City Elementary celebrates Read Across America

Kindergarten students dressed up in green during Read Across America week.1 / 4
First grade girls are pictured reading in their pajamas.2 / 4
Plum City Library Director Jacquie Pooler is reading to fourth graders.3 / 4
Third graders are pictured in their future careers. (Submitted photos)4 / 4

PLUM CITY--On March 3, Plum City Elementary School students, dressed in red-and-white to honor Dr. Seuss, gathered in the gym to kick off the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Week.

The 17th annual Seussical celebration kicked off a week of reading across the nation, as schools gathered students, parents and community members together to share their love of reading. The kick-off was complete with music and a motivational video. Students recited the famous reader’s oath, sang Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss and learned about what exciting events the week entailed.

On Tuesday, students wore crazy socks, and fourth and fifth graders kicked off their annual book battle competition. On Wednesday, students and staff dressed up as what they’d like to be when they grew up, in honor of Seuss’ book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” Each classroom also welcomed a community member to come read aloud to students. Wednesday also marked World Read Aloud Day.

Thursday morning was the annual Green Eggs and Ham breakfast. Over 150 parents, students, siblings and grandparents ate green eggs and ham for breakfast. Students and staff dressed in the color green on Thursday.

The jam-packed week came to an end on Friday with pajama day. Students could bring in a small flashlight to read in the dark.

Motivating children to read every day is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.