BASD Makes Read Across America Last


This week, students nationwide kicked off the start of Read Across America Week. However, at Myers Elementary in Bellwood, they decided to do things a little differently.

“We decided not to have a theme week, but rather a different Dr. Seuss theme every Wednesday for the month of March,” explained Principal Matthew Stinson. “Each of the themes corresponds to a popular Dr. Seuss book.”

Instead of having one week where an individual theme is ascribed to each day, Myers Elementary will be making the fun last for the entire month:

March 1 — Animal Print Day for

  • Dr. Seuss’s Book of Animals
  • March 8 — Mismatch Clothes Day for Wacky Wednesday
  • March 15 — Wear Green Day for Green Eggs and Ham
  • March 22 — Crazy Hair Day for Wacky Wednesday
  • March 29 — Tourist Day for Oh, the Places You Will Go

“Read Across America is such an exciting time,” said Stinson. “We decorated our hallways and windows, and we decided to space out our themed days to allow for our celebration to last all month long. And we also added Family Engagement Night.”

To help start the festivities, several Myers student teachers from Penn State Altoona and Saint Francis University hosted a new event entitled Family Engagement Night on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Keeping in the spirit of Read Across America, there were stations for cookie decorating, face painting, bookmark making, and of course reading. There was also a basket raffle to help support the recovery of Tucker McCloskey.

“The PSU-Altoona and Saint Francis student teachers did an amazing job to help create a night full of fun for over 250 of our families, while also supporting one of our former students,” Stinson remarked. “I am so grateful to live and work in a community like Bellwood that always puts their children, education, and supporting others first.”

Source: Huntingdon Daily News