Elementary schools celebrate Read Across America Month through March

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By Janis Renninger
Robinson Barracks Elementary School

Robinson Barracks Elementary School students performed selections from the Broadway musical “Seussical Jr.” as part of a grand kick-off to the annual Read Across America Month.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is celebrated on March 2 all across the United States. March is a time to celebrate not only a beloved author of children’s literature, but it is also a month to celebrate and focus on reading and literacy.

Music teacher Susan Smith directed the 2nd and 3rd graders in a show for parents and students. The show featured songs based on many Dr. Seuss books, including “Horton Hears a Who,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “McGilligot’s Pool,” and a favorite of all, “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Through the month, RBES students will have opportunities to participate in other literacy based activities such as trivia weeks, costume days, a school pajama Read-In Day, and Read Around Robinson. During Read Around Robinson, hosted by the PTSA, students visit classrooms around the school to listen to other teachers read, “Green Eggs and Ham.”

One of the upcoming culminating events planned for the month is a Literacy Day, March 28. On this day, students from K-5 will participate in a variety of literacy based sessions with teachers.

The Reading Challenge is On

Every year during the Read Across America Month, RBES hosts a reading challenge for the students. Principal Becky Balcer set out a challenge for the entire student body, K-5, to read and record at least 180,000 minutes of reading during the month of March. The reading goal will be measured weekly. If the students meet the goal, there will be a fun surprise in store for them to celebrate, March 29.

One of the many Dr. Seuss quotes posted throughout  RBES reads: “The more that you READ, the more that you KNOW. The more that you LEARN, the more places you’ll GO!”

Across Stuttgart Military Community Schools

Read Across America is an annual event to promote reading, with activities at all of the Stuttgart DoDEA elementary schools. Read more about PES events. At Stuttgart Elementary School, students were encouraged to dress up for reading sessions held throughout the day, March 2. SES students even got a taste of eating real green eggs and ham in the classroom.


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

For more information on on-post school activities, contact the School Liaison Office at DSN: 430-7465/civ. 0711-680-7465.