SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Read Across America is an annual reading awareness and motivation program created by the National Education Association in 1998 and calls for the celebration of reading on Dr. Suess’ birthday, March 2.

According to Pinecrest Elementary Library Media Specialist Jaclyn Rivers, Dr. Seuss is celebrated because his career and books have been a vital part of children not only learning to read, but actually enjoying reading. “His books were written to be fun, and used to teach kids the importance of reading.” said Rivers. “That’s why we celebrate Dr. Seuss.”

Sylacauga City Schools are following in Dr. Suess’ footsteps in making reading fun this week. During the week students from Pinecrest and Indian Valley Elementary are encouraged to dress up in a Dr. Suess themed outfit that represents one of his books each day. The schools are hoping this motivates the kids to take next steps in reading.

The reason is simply because every school subject involves reading, even mathematics. Rivers told SylacaugaNews.com if students struggle to read and comprehend in early school years, those struggles can stay with students for their entire lives. ‘If they can learn to read at a young age and comprehend at a young age their school careers will be so much easier,” she said.

Although Read Across America is an event Sylacauga City Schools gladly participate in, it is not the only activities the school system uses to encourage good reading habits. Accelerated reading is a program that many are familiar with. Accelerated reading gives kids chances to reach reading and comprehension goals. If students meet their goals they are awarded at the end of every nine weeks, and if students meet their goal for the year they are invited to a day long party at the end of they year.

Rivers said students in her school are excited about reading and seem to be reading at the correct reading and comprehension levels. For those who are not schools are going the extra mile. Schools are offering many programs for students who are falling behind in reading in hopes of them reaching the levels they should be at. The programs include reading and one-on-one time with teachers as well as E-books which allow students to interact with what they are reading. While there are some students who are behind in reading, Rivers said she does not believe low reading levels are a common occurrence in Sylacauga City Schools.

Jeremy Law for SylacaugaNews.com | © 2017, SylacaugaNews.com/Marble City Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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