Reading celebration 'tried and true' in Truro

Read Across America

Truro Spanish teacher Alison Waldo, left, and media specialist Stacey Klimkosky didn't just read "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" on Read Across America Day -- they dressed for the part.

When it comes to preparing for Read Across America Day, Stacey Klimkosky starts early and sticks to tradition. The media specialist at Truro Central School has been coordinating the day dedicated to reading for about 10 years. Read Across America Day is March 2.

Klimkosky says staff members at the preK-grade 6 school have tried different Dr. Seuss-themed events over the years, “but there are a few traditions that are tried and true.”

As early preparation for the special day, Klimkosky sponsors a book fair each September during Truro Treasures,an annual town fair. With the money made at the fair, Klimkosky buys books.

On the day that the school celebrates Read Across America Day with its 128 students, she said, “We start with a ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ breakfast.” School chef Warren Falkenburg and his assistant, SusieRoderick, are Seuss fans themselves, Klimkosky said, so “there is always some kind of Seuss-related display for the students to look at — such as really green eggs, ham and fixings.”

The Truro Education and Enrichment Alliance, a parents’ group, sponsors a free breakfast at the school that is open to any student. Younger siblings not yet old enough to attend school are also invited,and the Truro Education Association sponsors breakfast for any adult who chooses to join in.

As the children eat, Klimkosky said, the children’s librarian at the Truro Public Library “comes and dresses as our Cat in the Hat, reading to students.” In the past, students have also been greeted at the bus by Seusscharacters Thing 1 and Thing 2.

The idea for Read Across America was hatched at the National Education Association in 1997. The NEA chose the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel— known the world over as Dr. Seuss— as the date on which to center events.

The day, which is marked with events across the state and the country,focuses attention on how important it is to motivate children to read in addition to helping them master basic skills.

At Truro Central School, the celebration continues after breakfast with students, faculty and staff donning “all kinds of fun hats,” Klimkosky said.

“Some of the hats are handmade and theme-based,” she added. “Many of the teachers really get into this tradition.”

At lunch, the cafeteria workers serve up a “Seuss-tacular” lunch. “The entrée, sides and dessert are all taken from a Seuss book or character,” Klimkosky said.

Finally, all of the students at the school are given the gift of a brand new book, chosen just for them, from the profits made at the fair in September.


Read Across America

Seussational  Resources for Read Across America Day

Read Across America is celebrated on March 2, which is the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel or Dr. Seuss. Click on the links below for a great collection of classroom materials and resources:

For more, visit NEA's Read Across America page at nea.org/readacross.