WESTAMPTION, NJ -- Last week marked the birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America, but more importantly, an annual tradition that takes place on the Burlington County Special Services (BCSSSD) Westampton Campus--Guest Readers. Each day of last week a different theme day was planned, and on Monday, members of district administration and high school students read their favorite Dr. Seuss book to the younger students on campus. Daily themed activities included fun hat day, wearing a wacky outfit, crazy sock day, and pajama day, with each day’s theme matching a specific Dr. Seuss book.

This engaging activity forms a connection between the students and their older peers as well as district leadership. High school students performed their readings virtually, to comply with COVID-19 social distancing and safety protocols. Students in classes who hosted guest readers wrote thank you notes to show their gratitude to the readers. 

“I was honored and privileged to read before the in-person and remote students and staff in two classrooms on Monday. Dr. Seuss’s birthday is a great opportunity to celebrate the value of reading and literacy as lifetime skill sets that open the door to unforeseen opportunities. The interactive discussions I had with students during the reading demonstrated how well our teachers are preparing their students,” Superintendent Dr. Christopher Nagy said of his participation in the celebration.

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Read Across America was established on March 2, 1998 to coincide with Dr. Seuss’s birthday and is the United States’ largest celebration of reading.

The District noted that none of the books being retired from the Dr. Seuss catalog of titles were utilized or represented as part of the Read Across America celebrations at BCSSSD.

BCSSSD educates students and young adults with special needs from across Burlington County. Its three campuses located in Lumberton, Mount Laurel, and Westampton provide comprehensive educational and therapeutic programs for preschool and school-age students and young adults, ranging in age from three to twenty-one. In addition to its widely recognized programs for students with multiple disabilities and programs for children with autism, BCSSSD also offers a continuum of options for students with behavioral issues featuring both traditional, classroom-based schools and alternative approaches.

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