Lakeview Celebrates Reading on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Mahopac High School students, pictured with library media specialist Dara Berkwits, volunteered to read to Lakeview students for Read Across America Day. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Mahopac Central School District
Jodi Kozera’s kindergarten class wearing their Dr. Seuss hats. Credits: Tabitha Pearson Marshall

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— March 2 was Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, so Mahopac High School students visited Lakeview Elementary School to share one of their favorite activities with its students — reading.

“This is our first year doing this,” said Dara Berkwits, Mahopac High School’s new library media specialist. “It’s going so well that next year we will plan a week’s worth of activities.”

Students from all grades at Lakeview wore Seussical-style hats, and high school students Kathleen Doherty, Lily Weiss, Emil Jaffal, Jasmine Merrill, Liz Daria and Athena Durnin read Dr. Seuss books to the young students.

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Students in Kim Lieto’s K-2 class were mesmerized by the story, “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?”

“They really enjoy having the high school students read to them,” Lieto said. “It is so exciting to them.”

As for their part, the high school students enjoyed the activity just as much. Emil Jaffal was impressed with the way the younger students talked about the book he read to them.

“And they really liked it when I helped them make Dr. Seuss hats,” he said.

Jasmine Merrill said the kindergartners “even read to us!”

Kathleen Doherty, who read “Green Eggs and Ham” to kindergarten and first grade students, said, “It was so much fun. They ask so many questions!”

Read Across America is the National Education Association’s program that celebrates reading on every year on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

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