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School News

On Monday, February 27 through Friday, March 3, 2017, the elementary schools in the district celebrated “Read Across America” all week long with special reading programs and activities in honor of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Each day was filled with fun and excitement to encourage students to keep reading and build upon their literacy skills.

McClellan Elementary School celebrated with special guest readers from Thomas Jefferson High School. The high school students spent the morning hours reading to the elementary students and engaging in learning activities. McClellan students also enjoyed a visit by certified therapy dogs and their handlers. The students took turns reading books to the therapy dogs. Studies have shown that reading to nonjudgmental pets can help children improve literacy skills and boost self-esteem.

Jefferson Elementary School first grade students in Mrs. Santora's classroom dressed up as their favorite book characters to show their love of reading! Mrs. Santora held a red carpet affair complete with a runway for the students to show off their attire and favorite books.

TJ High School students paid Gill Hall Elementary a special visit to cap off "Read Across America" week. The high school students spent the day participating with the elementary students across all grade levels in fun-filled reading and STEAM activities that were specifically designed for this year’s Fairy Tales theme. Students crafted parachutes to help Jack escape from the Giant in “Jack in the Beanstalk,” built an escape route for Rapunzel so she doesn’t have to let her hair down, designed rafts for the Billy Goats to bypass the mean Troll on the bridge, made houses for the 3 Little Pigs to withstand the wind, and much more! Gill Hall welcomed 52 high school students for the “Read Across America” week finale.

Go to “ Photo Gallery” to see photos of students and activities during “Read Across America Week.”

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