Students across the district demonstrated their love of reading during Read Across America, celebrated over several weeks, starting with Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, also known as Read Across America Day.
Vineland Public Schools is an enthusiastic supporter of the National Education Association's "Read Across America" program, now in its 24th year. This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. Reading is an important focus in the early grades and students who are absent miss critical instruction time. Research shows that early literacy plays a key role in enabling learning experiences that are linked to academic achievement, reduced grade retention, and higher graduation.
Because of the hybrid schedule throughout the district and in light of COVID-19 restrictions, many schools opted to host virtual guest readers and more individualized activities during their celebratory week.
Highlights of the week included:
Barse Elementary School kicked off their event with Miss Garden State 2020, Augostina Mallous, who led the school in the Reader’s Oath before reading a book to the students. Students listened to a featured virtual guest reader each day, which ranged from district staff to celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Chris Pine. Each day also featured a Dr. Seuss-themed dress day, along with a book of the day, which often had a corresponding virtual lesson or video to match. Students watched a chef make green eggs and ham on “Green Eggs and Ham” book day, and watched a video of crazy hairstyles for children on “crazy hair day.”
Durand Elementary School was decked out in Dr. Seuss-themed bulletin boards with artwork covering nearly every wall! Student and staff showed off their school spirit by participating in a variety of theme days, including Crazy Hats and Stripes Day, Crazy Socks or a Costume that Rocks day, Green Eggs & Ham and Stay in your Jams day, Crazy Seuss Hair, Don’t Care day, and Another Day of Character Fun and Movie Time Before it’s All Done day.
D’Ippolito Elementary School broke from the Dr. Seuss mold and created theme days built around different fun topics. Monday’s theme asked students to read a book about a different culture and to wear something to represent either their culture or their hometown. Tuesday had students reading a graphic novel and dressing up like a superhero, while Wednesday - which is a virtual learning day for all students and staff - had students read a cozy book while still wearing their pajamas. On Thursday, the students read about an athlete and wore something to represent their favorite sports team. Rounding out the week, on Friday the school read a silly story and wore a silly outfit to match.
Petway Elementary School celebrated Read Across America by featuring a different Dr. Seuss book and corresponding spirit day during the school day, with students treated to a different bedtime story read by Petway staff each night. Theme days included pajama day, green shirt day, wacky dress day, crazy hair day, and hat day.
During the week of March 1st, Dallago Preschool celebrated Read Across America Week in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and our love of reading! Each day during Read Across America Week, our preschoolers and staff participated in Dr. Seuss inspired dress-up theme days including Cat In The Hat Day, Fox In Socks Day, and Wacky Wednesday. Dallago teachers and staff members embedded these themes into their classrooms - both in in-person/hybrid and in virtual formats - to provide active learning activities in multiple content areas. For example, some of our students counted and sorted craft stick ‘candles’ on playdoh birthday cakes or wrote cards on our ‘Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss’ Day.
Read Across America Week culminated in our Pajama Day and virtual Pajama Party, sponsored by the Vineland Education Association through a FAST Grant.
The Vineland Education Association, through a FAST grant, also hosted a virtual Dallago Preschool Pajama Party on March 5 to celebrate Read Across America Week. There were 46 students and their family members in attendance, at the virtual pajama party concert, as well as many Vineland Education Association member volunteers. Students and their families sang and moved to the music of performer, Yosi. Throughout the week leading up to this event, students and families joined virtual guest readers in their Google classrooms. Bedtime stories were read by Association members as well as the Vineland Public Library, and members of the Vineland community. All students received bedtime snacks to enjoy at home compliments of the Vineland Education Association FAST grant.
As part of the Vineland Education Association FAST grant, 235 Dallago students received a copy of the bilingual board book, Can You Find A Chicken in the City? This book is the third in Lena’s Library Legacy in memory of Dallago student Evangeline “Lena” Tietjen. Students also received several other bedtime stories to add to their home libraries, courtesy for the Vineland Education Association FAST grant. Additionally, through the National Pajama Program every student received a new pair of pajamas to have for the Pajama Party.
Click the following link for a gallery of staff and submitted photos from the celebrations: http://bit.ly/3s4Hk3R
Check out this slideshow from Durand Elementary School of their week! http://bit.ly/3r6NizT
Petway Elementary School has a spirit video featured on their YouTube page: https://bit.ly/3lv11zo