Several elementary students recently visited Magoffin County Judge/Executive office to witness the signing of the Read Across America proclamation. For the 15th year, Magoffin County Schools are partnering with the National Education Association in building a nation of readers through its signature program, Read Across America (RAA). This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. RAA celebrations are held in March to celebrate the birthday of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to millions as Dr. Seuss. Authors like Dr. Seuss, whose stories introduce fantastical worlds and characters, fold joy into reading and help spark curiosity that is central to learning.
Read Across America will highlight the importance of oral health and the connection between oral health and literacy. We are asking kids to brush for two minutes, two times per day and read for 20 minutes each day. That’s a total of 24 minutes devoted to building good health and reading skills. 2 X 2 + 20 = Easy Math for a Healthy Mind and Body.
During RAA, Magoffin Schools reaffirm their commitment to investing in our children and giving them an essential tool for success in school and in life: the ability to read. This year’s celebration will feature a whimsical puppet show featuring music, song, and dance. For many students and educators, the star of the reading show is still Dr. Seuss who would have turned 112 this year. This year’s entire program will be written and presented by 6th grade students from the Gifted and Talented program. Be sure to make mark your calendar, because these students have prepared a fantastic program. The Cat in the Hat is still planning to make an appearance, so as 155 kindergarten boys and girls practice reading pledges, dances and songs, we encourage parents and community members to visit a school during their scheduled reading celebration. As the Cat in the Hat would say, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child”.
South Magoffin Elementary
Tuesday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m.
Salyersville Grade School
Wednesday, March 9 at 1:00 p.m.
North Magoffin Elementary
Friday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Magoffin County Board of Education encourages families across Magoffin County to make reading a priority. Together, we can give our sons and daughters the knowledge and skills they need to compete in the global economy, and in doing so, secure a brighter future for Magoffin County. Contact Debbie Swiney, Mary Jane McDaniel or Gerald Howard to find out more details about this reading event.
From DEBBIE SWINEY