Read Across America Day at J.O. Combs USD

March 2 is the anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the students, staff, and school community at Combs Traditional Academy made sure it was recognized in conjunction with Read Across America. While reading is a daily occurrence in the classrooms at the K-6 school in the J.O. Combs Unified School District, students celebrated the week with a Spirit Week and guest readers during library specials.

Each day was a theme based on a Dr. Seuss book, such as Green Day for “Green Eggs and Ham”, Wacky Wednesday for the book, “Wacky Wednesday”, and Career Day for “Oh! The Places You Will Go!” Students got into the spirit of the week and so did staff.

Guest readers were invited by the school to attend the library specials throughout the week and read their favorite Dr. Seuss book to the classes. Some of the guests came prepared with their own book, while others were happy to choose from a host of titles the librarian had ready for them.

Dr. Gary Kemp, from the J.O. Combs Unified School District Governing Board brought his iPad and read his Dr. Seuss book from there, blending the old and new.

An even bigger treat for the Kindergarten-second grade students was a guest visit by the Combs High School drama students. They brought their Readers Theater version of “Horton Hears a Who” to the stage at Combs Traditional Academy, then followed it up with questions from the audience. The students were excited and some even talked about doing drama when they got to the high school.

The school and students expect to make Read Across America Week an annual celebration and plans are already under way to do even more with reading next school year.

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