Reading is on the loose for Read Across America - February 27, 2008

Record Number: 3873
Displayed from: Feb 27, 2008 , until: Mar 10, 2008

Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with a day full of reading events as part of Read Across America on Monday, March 3. The day begins with green eggs and ham being served from 5:30-7:30 a.m. at Cindy's Diner, 830 S. Harrison St. Then third-grade students from each FWCS building will gather at 10 a.m. at the University of Saint Francis for a kickoff celebration. The event will include an appearance from the Cat in the Hat, Sweet Cakes Comedy Entertainment and prizes for the winners of the Read Across America writing contest. Throughout the day, guests will read with students in classrooms across the city. (See below for more details.) The day before Read Across America, United Way of Allen County and the Mad Ants will celebrate Theodore Geisel's official birthday at the 6 p.m. basketball game at the Memorial Coliseum against the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Tickets to the March 2 game are $7 with a portion directed to early learning programs in the community. Many schools will continue celebrating reading with Dr. Seuss-themed events throughout the week, and on Saturday, March 8, the community is invited to a "Seuss on the Loose" family fun day at Barnes & Noble at Glenbrook Square. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., there will be games, prizes, stories, scavenger hunts and a photo opportunity with the Cat in the Hat. MEDIA: You are invited to visit any of the schools listed for the events Monday. Please let PIO Krista Stockman or the principal know ahead of time if you plan to attend. School events on Monday, March 3, 2008: Mayor Tom Henry will read to students at Study Elementary at 9:30 a.m. Other guests, including a firefighter, a soldier and a football player, will read to students throughout the day. In the afternoon, students will share presentations they have prepared on a specific author or theme. Lane Middle School will video record 10 community leaders and role models reading a Dr. Seuss book or a picture book of their choice. These will be broadcast twice daily: Once during homeroom and again during Viking Time. Snider High School football players will visit Harris Elementary to read to students at 11 a.m. Croninger Elementary School will welcome readers in the library with a reception at 1 p.m. They will read in classrooms from 1:30-2 p.m., and at 2:15 p.m., Principal Becky Dennis will read to students. Afterwards, students will watch The Lorax on WCKN News while enjoying birthday cookies from the Catering Connection. Mad Antz basketball players will visit Abbett Elementary School at 1:30 p.m. to read to fourth- and fifth-grade classes. FWCS Superintendent Wendy Robinson will read to students at Forest Park Elementary from 1:45-2p.m. Sixth-grade students from Blackhawk Middle School will visit Nebraska Elementary to read to students and participate in Dr. Seuss-related activities and enjoying Dr. Seuss birthday cupcakes. Staff members at Lincoln Elementary School will dress up as Cat in the Hat, who will ride a unicycle, as well as Thing 1 and Thing 2. The characters will read to students throughout the day. Washington Elementary has designated the week as Rotary Reader week and Rotarians will be in classrooms all week reading to students. Students will receive Cat in the Hat hats and a free book. Throughout the week, students will celebrate with Dr. Seuss-related spirit days, such as Silly Sock Day in honor of the book "Fox in Socks." At 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, students will sing Dr. Seuss songs during a mini assembly. Shambaugh Elementary School will have its annual Dr. Seuss Fun Day. Students will participate in a variety of activities in the gymnasium. Instructional Interventionalist Natasha L. Tsintsaroff will dress up as the Cat in the Hat and read to classes at South Wayne Elementary School. The Anthis Early Childhood Lab Center is creating a book based on children's interests and art work with help from high school students in the Information Technology Academy and Careers in Early Education programs. The books will be given to students at the end of the year. Students will also receive a copy of "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney as well as a stuffed rabbit, which is the main character of the book.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.