On Friday, March 2, Readers across the country celebrated the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, a national reading celebration that takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Pittsburg Community Schools staff and students celebrated the fun and exciting day with a variety of activities.
In the morning, Pittsburg firefighters visited Westside Elementary School to read to the students from some of their favorite Dr. Seuss books. The firefighters were then treated to a nice breakfast courtesy of the Westside staff.
Pittsburg Mayor Marty Beezley visited George Nettels Elementary School Friday morning to read to the students. Also visiting Nettels Friday were KOAM news anchor Dowe Quick, Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Blake Benson and a Pittsburg firefighter.
Steve Mahnken, a fourth-grade teacher at Nettels, prepared Green Eggs & Ham for his students to eat during class. While Mr. Mahnken was cooking, Public Information Director Brett Dalton read the book Green Eggs & Ham to the students.
Lakeside Elementary School celebrated the day by bringing in nearly 40 student-athletes from Pittsburg State University to read to the students. Afterward, the entire school took part in a period of silent reading.
Students at Meadowlark Elementary School put down beach towels in the school’s Family Room and sat in pairs to read from their favorite books. Many of the students welcomed family and friends into the school to take part in the reading event.
Pittsburg Community Schools USD 250 understands and places great value on the importance of reading, not only for educational purposes, but also for fun. We greatly enjoyed seeing all of the smiles on the kids’ faces as they held books in their hands for today’s Read Across America Day.