Martinsville schools participate in Read Across America Week

Toni McMillian getting into character before reading to students at Clearview Early Childhood Center.

Martinsville City Public Schools’ elementary students enjoyed hearing Dr. Seuss stories during Read Across America Week, March 2-6.

The National Education Association established Read Across America Week to help motivate kids to read, bring the joys of reading to students of all ages, and make children feel valued and welcome. The week ties in with Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Martinsville City School board Chairperson Donna Dillard and daughter India Brown reading to students at Patrick Henry Elementary School.
Martinsville City School Board member Emily Parker reads to students at Clearview Early Childhood Center.
Martinsville Middle School students with Dr. Seuss books during their ‘drop everything and read’ event that was part of Read Across America Week.

Albert Harris Elementary School, Clearview Early Childhood Center, Martinsville Middle School, and Patrick Henry Elementary School all used Dr. Seuss as a theme for the week.

Albert Harris Elementary School, Clearview Early Childhood Center, and Patrick Henry Elementary School started the week with a “green eggs and ham” breakfast in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Throughout the week, people including Martinsville City Public School faculty, staff, students from Martinsville Middle School’s SWAGGER team, and school board members, as well as parents of students, former teachers, and Martinsville City Fire, EMS and Police departments, all read to different classes at each school. Selections from Dr. Seuss’ collection were popular choices, including “Horton Hears a Who,” “Green Eggs and Ham,: and “What Pet Should I Get?”

Martinsville Middle School observed Read Across America Week by having a “drop everything and read” moment Friday morning. All students, faculty, and staff dropped everything and read during that time.

“Reading ability impacts every aspect of a student’s future,” said Martinsville City Public School Superintendent Zeb Talley. “MCPS will continue to focus on providing our students with great reading experiences. We want to promote a culture of reading and learning for all of our students.”






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