MADISON, NJ - During Read Across America week at Kings Road Elementary School students participated in a February Reading Challenges where students kept record of the time they spent reading at home weekly. The class with the most minutes that week was rewarded with a classroom visit from a therapy dog.
"There was definitely a level of excitement here in the building since the Reading Challenge began February 1st. Students were reading more than ever beyond the school day to earn top spot for the week in order to receive a therapy dog visit as a reward," said Joanne Sims, Kings Road School reading specialist.
As well, in honor of Read Across America Kings Road Elementary School participated in a week long calendar of reading events, including the celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday March 2nd.
This was Kings Road's second annual Read Across America week and the line-up was full of local 'Celebs'.
"In our final week of the Challenge, students were excited to celebrate "Read Across America" with different themed days at school. They were treated to guest readers who came in during their lunchtime and read aloud a favorite Dr. Seuss book. Mayor Bob Conley came Monday, as well as one of our own Madison High School quarterbacks was here Tuesday, to keep the momentum going," Sims said.
The line up of special readers included the Mayor of Madison, Bob Coney, Madison High School Quarterback, Nick Coviello, Fire Chief, Lou DeRosa, Kickz soccer coaches, Chris the owner of Ton's of Toys in Madison and more. Each guest read their favorite Dr. Seuss book to the students during lunch and discussed the book, their reading experiences growing up, and why reading is important.
Along with the local 'Celeb' readers, Monday's kicked off the week's book of choice "Fox in socks". Students and teachers were asked to wear crazy socks that day.
Tuesday's book was "Green Eggs and Ham" and you guessed it, everyone was wearing green.
Wednesday, was "Cat and the Hat Day" and Dr. Seuss's birthday celebration. Students and staff wore crazy hats. Every class assembled in the hallway at 1:20p.m. and created a reading train which Mrs Koop, Principal and Mrs. Sims conducted. The entire school read 'The Cat and the Hat' at the same time for 15 minutes while marching in line through the halls.
Thursday’s book of the day was Gertrude McFuzz, and it came along with student crazy hair day while Friday students read The Sleep Book in their pajamas.
"As a Reading Specialist, it is always so rewarding to see the children take on this Challenge with such enthusiasm, regardless of how well they can or cannot read. I cannot keep enough books on my shelf as students are continually looking for something else to read to earn more minutes," Sims said.
What a way to celebrate.