District celebrates Read Across America Day
Elementary schools across Denton Independent School District celebrated the birthday of a renowned children’s author in style on Friday, March 2, by encouraging students to read and better themselves. More than 170 volunteers of all ages celebrated the joys of reading on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
This year, members of Denton ISD’s central administration staff joined community volunteers by reading to students at Bell, Evers Park, Hodge, Nelson, Paloma Creek, Rivera, Stephens and WS Ryan elementary schools. Staff shared their joy of learning and reading – an opportunity that most central staff members appreciate.
“It is so wonderful to be able to read to the students. Since moving off a campus and into central administration, I mainly interact with teachers and staff,” said Stephanie Dawson, a special education supervisor. “I miss having students in and out of my office and have had such a great morning reading to the students.”
Many Adopt-A-School District partners and local businesses loaned their employees for an hour to read. Also, students from Texas Woman’s University and the University of North Texas participated as part of community service activities for their student organizations.
Denton ISD’s Grandparents in Public Schools (GIPS) program was also well-represented. Comprised of local retirees and volunteers from Foster Grandparents, RSVP, and Robson Ranch, the GIPS members provided a unique touch on the event by reading stories they’d read for years to their children or grandchildren, such as The Cat in the Hat. One grandparent mentor even took the next step by appearing as the character for the Pre-K and 2nd graders to which she read.
For GIPS founding member and Adkins Elementary namesake, Dorothy Adkins, the morning was a bright spot in her week. After leaving the classroom, she left with some reading material of her own – a bag full of thank-you notes from students that she said she “could get to spend all day reading to if given more time!”
Read Across America is an annual event sponsored by the National Education Association to honor Dr. Seuss and celebrate the fun and value of reading. Thousands of schools and educational institutions across the world celebrate his birthday with events related to reading, writing and learning.
For more information about volunteering or becoming a mentor, please contact the Department of Communications & Community Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-369-0007.