LIVERMORE — Students and staff at Spruce Mountain Primary School celebrated Read Across America last week with a number of activities.
The National Education Association began Read Across America, an annual program promoting reading and its importance, in 1998. It calls for communities to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss.
At the primary school, Monday and Tuesday were spent decorating classroom doors. Thursday morning, members of the community read to students. Friday students wore pajamas to school and read silently for 20 minutes.
The highlight of the week was Wednesday. Many students and several staff members dressed as a character from a favorite children’s book. Students in upper classes lined the hallways while Kindergarten students paraded by on their way to the gym, then they made their way to the gym after which each class returned to their room.
Harry Potter, princesses, Curious George, Fancy Nancy, Betsy Ross, Super Man, Digger, and Darth Vader were some of the characters portrayed. Elephants, pigs, cats, mice, dogs and even a chicken were also popular characters. Many students were dressed as the Cat in the Hat.
Several students proudly showed off the book their character came from. Others high-fived music teacher Jan Gill, dressed as Darth Vader, or pressed the buttons on her costume as they made their way out of the gym.