Gordon Elementary celebrated Read Across America Feb. 25 through March 1 with a Dr. Seuss themed literacy spirit week.
Each day was themed after a different Dr. Seuss book with a culminating event Friday.
“I liked Wednesday because I got to wear my mom’s hat,” said Victoria, 7, a first-grader. Wednesday was “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” day and students got to wear their favorite hats.
“My favorite Dr. Seuss book is the ‘Sneetches,’ because they go back and forth and back and forth and then they finally understand,” she said.
Bailey, 6, said she liked Thursday the best, because she got to dress in her favorite color, pink. Thursday was titled “My Many Colored Days,” and kids got to wear outfits entirely in their favorite color.
Edward, 7, said Tuesday, “Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should be a Vet!” day, was his favorite because he got to wear a firefighter shirt. Children spent the day dressed up as what they want to be when they grow up.
“This is a time for kids to celebrate reading in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. The theme this year is ‘Celebrating a Nation of Readers,’ so all the spirit activities this year are focused around diversity,” said Pamela Bailey, librarian at Gordon Elementary.
It is something Gordon Elementary does every year, but this year was a bit different. The Fort Bragg Association of Educators obtained a grant from the National Education and Federal Education associations. The grant helped Bailey and other Gordon educators bring in Scooter Hayes, a storyYELLER, international library hip hop superstar and children’s librarian as part of their literacy week activities. The grant also covered reading themed prizes for the children throughout the week.
The assembly Friday morning kicked off with three first-graders delivering the National Education Association’s Readers’ Oath. Scooter Hayes then took the stage with a hip hop song about getting a library card.
“Libraries create communities and that’s what is so important about them,” he told the kids.