A glimpse at South Magoffin, Salyersville Grade School, and North Magoffin during Read Across America might make Superintendent Stanley Holbrook conclude it has to be March Madness. However, a closer look would reveal kindergarten students retiring their basketball for a little song, dance and some slam dunk reading during the Read Across America Celebration. To prepare for this event, students participated in “seussical” activities to build their excitement. Reciting the Reading Pledge, singing the song Dynamite to include lyrics about reading, making silly hats, reading Dr. Seuss books, and even learning a line dance were just a few of the pre-event activities.
To include everyone, students ask parents, grandparents and relatives to attend their reading celebration and to read to a kindergarten student. Little did those attending guests know that they would also be asked to participant in a dance. The fun of seeing parents, teachers, students, toddlers and even the schools’ principals dancing was nothing short of what would be expected during a party honoring Dr. Seuss and kindergarten students. The unpredictable Cat in the Hat made a special appearance following the Rainbow Girls’ Puppet Show and was thrilled with the 193 visitors who came out to show students that they think reading is important. Each kindergarten student went home with a new Dr. Seuss book, a stuffed character from the book, and a better appreciation for reading.
Special thanks to everyone who dropped what they were doing to sing, dance or read to a special kindergarten student during this year’s Read Across America Celebration. Also, a huge thanks to the following: Superintendent Stanley Holbrook and Kim Patrick for their support, Family Resource Center Coordinators – Jonnie K. Risner, Alice Helton, and Diane Collins for attendance incentives and student toothbrushes, KEA for the $500 grant, Director Melanie Cain and staff from Magoffin County Public Library for loaning 100 hand-picked books, the Magoffin Assembly #47 Rainbow Girls – Morgan Price, Emily Gasparac, Tara Williams, Mikaela Fisher, Alyssa Patrick, Brooke Cole, Dakota Carpenter, and Nancy Howard for their enthusiastic involvement that brought the show to life, Community Education Director Gerold Howard for his help in planning, kindergarten teachers – Ms. Tammi Kilgore, Ms. Paula Howes, Ms. Lora Arnett, Ms. Jennifer Lovely, Ms. Stephanie Gibson, Ms. Cindy Patrick, Ms. Katrina Rudd, Ms. Janice Cole and Ms. Jeanie Howard for their help in preparing students for Read Across America, the school principals – Mr. Mark Rice, Mr. Willie Cole and Ms. Jill Howard for their help and support, and of course, the parents and family members who attended the event. We hope this program will spark an interest in reading that will keep parents and students reading together, not only in March, but all throughout the year. Here’s a peek at a few fun moments.