Reading celebration

first_imgBut perhaps even better was the fact that Ferralez got to wear his pajamas to school Friday as part of the RAA celebration. “That was pretty cool,” said Ferralez, who was wearing a plain white T-shirt, pajama bottoms, slippers and a robe. “And it was especially good because it let me sleep in a little bit today.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EAST WHITTIER – Somehow, USC Navy ROTC Lt. Mike Good managed to escape his childhood without reading Dr. Seuss’ popular book, “Green Eggs & Ham.” But no one would have ever guessed it from his lively reading of the classic children’s tale Friday at Scott Avenue Elementary School, where he and Starbucks employee Karissa Palmer exuberantly shared Sam-I-Am’s story with students as part of the annual Read Across America celebration. Read Across America was established by the National Education Association and takes place every year around the March 2 birthday of the late Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel. It aims to promote reading and literacy among children. “What began as a few reading parties 10 years ago has grown into the largest national reading event with more than 45 million people expected to participate this year,” said NEA President Reg Weaver. “As we celebrate this fun and successful program, let’s not forget the most important message: Children who read – and are read to – do better in school and in life.” This was the first year that Scott Avenue Elementary went all-out for Read Across America, said organizer Margaret Fitzsimons. The idea came out of a committee of teachers who gather regularly to brainstorm ways on motivating children to read. “We decided to tie it into the NEA’s Read Across America, and invite professionals into the class to read a Dr. Seuss book and talk about how reading impacts their lives, then let the children ask them questions,” Fitzsimons said. Among the readers were fitness trainer Annette Padilla, who had the children stretching and exercising between stories; firefighter Tim Brooks; Whittier police Officer Mike Mueller; and East Whittier City School District Superintendent Joe Gillentine. Principal Joan Weiss dressed as the Cat in the Hat and floated between classrooms to lend her support. “It’s been just amazing, it’s been awesome,” said fifth-grader Gabriel Ferralez, 11. “I like that so many people came to celebrate reading because it’s an important thing in life.” last_img

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