"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." ― Dr. Seuss
On March 3, the Lower School marked Read Across America Day with participation in D.E.A.R.: Drop Everything and Read. The annual event, which coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss, promotes literacy awareness and encourages children to celebrate a love of reading.
At the sound of the school bell at 9:30am, teachers and students in pre-nursery through sixth grades picked up books with a wide range of subjects—from farm animals to cats in hats to exploration.
Librarian Lucia Prepelicova and nursery students read Green Eggs and Ham, a class favorite, and other books by Dr. Seuss. “It’s so important to take the time to read every day, especially at a young age. It sparks the imagination in a child that can lead to so many wonderful experiences,” Lucia said.
Lower School teacher Chris Warren agrees. His students had a positive D.E.A.R. experience, and a few asked if they would have the dedicated reading time every Monday. “They would definitely look forward to it, and it would be beneficial to the students' reading abilities,” Chris said.
Indeed, Jeanette Tyndall, head of Lower School, said the positive response from all grades indicates D.E.A.R. would be a welcome weekly ritual. “What a joy it was to see the entire Lower School community engage in one of our favorite pastimes—reading. The photographs say it all!”