SPARTA, NJ- Students at Alpine Elementary School in Sparta spent last week celebrating Love of Reading Week. From February 28 through March 7, this annual event is designed to coincide with Dr Seuss's birthday on March 2. The students and staff began by setting a goal to read10,000 books within a week.
All of the students in first through third grade kicked-off their Reading Challenge on Friday, February 28 with a visit from author, Debbie Dadey. Each grade level had an opportunity to participate in her presentation and one student from every class was randomly selected to have lunch with her.
On Monday March 3, the week began with Drop Everything and Read, joining other schools across the country celebrating Read Across America. The students and staff created a living reading train throughout the hallways.
The students participated in a plethora of activities during the week. Guest readers from the Sparta Township Council, parents and former teacher Roxie Warner surprised students in classrooms. Students also participated in decorating their classroom door with literacy themes, “Seuss Café’s, “Pull the Plug” night and dressing in daily Seusswear. The Cat in the Hat even made a special appearance offering a bookmark to every student that read.
As the end of the week approached, students were voraciously reading to be sure to surpass their goal. The students were apprised of their efforts. They were surprised and thrilled to hear that they exceeded their goal of 10,000 books. With much anticipation, students looked forward to celebrating their success with a Seussabration-celebration with their Principal, Giuseppe Leone. Leone, committed to his students that he would color his hair red if they reached their reading goal.
"A special thank you to Alpine School PTO for funding the events and the Alpine School teachers for fostering a love of reading . In addition, a special thank you to all the parents, and students that participated and supported the events during the week," said Leone, expressing gratitude for the support of the entire Alpine community in helping to foster a love of reading.