PES educators, PTA celebrate NEA’s “Read Across America”

Theodor Giesel, aka Dr. Seuss, is shown here at his desk in 1957 holding one of his most famous works, “The Cat in the Hat.” Photo by Al Revenna, New York World-Telegram & Sun, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

 By Amy Rush

Physical Education Teacher
Patch Elementary School

To mark the annual celebration of the National Education Association’s “Read Across America Day” teachers at Patch Elementary School, Panzer Kaserne, in cooperation with school management and the PES Parents-Teachers Association, held reading events throughout the day.

Read Across America is an annual celebration of reading held on the birthday of Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, born March 2, 1904. Geisel was the artist and author of more than 60 popular children’s books that have since been translated to more than 20 languages with hundreds of millions of copies sold worldwide.  This year marks the 21st year since the NEA began the Read Across America program, and it provided a grant check together with the Federal Education Association to help fund the PES/PTA Read Across America celebration. The Patch American Teachers Association, which represents classroom educators at PES, is a local affiliate of the NEA and FEA.

On March 8, National Teacher’s Day, the PES Education Association and the PES/PTA will join forces to have a NEA Read Across America Night in the Patch Middle School Forum, Patch Barracks.* The evening will include events such as:

  • Story time booths featuring several diverse characters
  • Seussical math activities
  • Suessical tales and activities
  • Dinner
  • Giveaways
  • Games
  • Photo booths
  • Suessical face painting and hair designing

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child,” said Dr. Seuss. 

 (Editor’s note: PES is temporarily relocated on Panzer Kaserne as a new school is being built on Patch Barracks this up.)

Learn more about NEA’s Read Across America here.

Getting a headstart before Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Col. Neal A. Corson, commander, USAG Stuttgart, reads “Wacky Wednesday” to the students at Stuttgart Elementary School, Feb. 26. Photo by Kevin S. Abel, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs