A book in every backpack

Posted: Monday, March 07, 2011

Soldotna Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with stupendous success. Children ranging from ages 4 -- 99 tromped to school dressed for a day of rest, relaxation and a whole lot of reading!

In classrooms throughout the school, community members joined the fun by sharing their passion for reading. The guest readers engaged the students with their animated and encouraging voices. We could not have asked for better role models! A tremendous thank you to: Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor David Carey, CES Chief Mokracek, CES Captain Jack Anderson, CES Fire Marshall Brad Nelson, Superintendent Steve Atwater, Soldotna Librarian Teri Burdick, SMS Assistant Principal Sarge Truesdell, KDLL reporter Ben Stanton, The Cake Lady -- Karen Otter, Samaritan Air -- Mary Jane Mills and Principal Carolyn Cannava.

The Soldotna Elementary staff welcomed the guest readers into their classrooms with the hopes of inspiring children to read. In addition to the community readers, a "Read-in" filled the day with children wearing pajamas, snuggling up with plush pillow pets, and a favorite book. Without the excellent support of the staff, Dr. Seuss' birthday would have gone unrecognized and a teachable moment lost. "I meant what I said and I said what I meant, Soldotna El. staff gives 110 percent."

By the end of the day, with a brand new book in hand (thanks to Vida Oftedal and Soldotna Elementary PTA), children experienced a Dr. Seuss-inspired celebration sponsored by Title I. While some squished Oobleck, others gobbled green eggs and ham, many enjoyed rhyming and reading games, while parents learned tips on how they could supports their child's reading at home.

Fun and educational the day definitely was, for we must remember -- Oh, the places our children will go with the continued support of our teachers, staff, parents and community members.

Dana Cannava, Soldotna Elementary PTA President

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