Helena schools celebrate Read Across America Day

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–Books, books and more books was the theme at schools across Helena the week of Feb. 26.

The cause for celebration was for “Read Across America Day” and students at Helena Elementary School participated in dress up days each day of the week leading up to the big day on March 2.

Student dress up days included wearing green for “Green Eggs and Ham” on Monday, Feb. 26, wearing orange on Tuesday, Feb. 27 for Lorax, wearing yellow on Wednesday, Feb. 28 for “The Sneetches,” dressing for success on Thursday, March 1 for “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” and Friday, March 2 concluded the week with several activities.

Read Across America Day falls on the birthday of the late children’s book author Dr. Seuss and Helena Elementary students dressed as their favorite

Dr. Seuss characters and kindergarteners made Cat in the Hat costumes on March 2.

Several visitors showed up to read to students including Helena Mayor Mark Hall, city council members, officials from the Shelby County Schools District Office and more.

Hall read “The Cat in the Hat” to a class as students sat and listened with cat whiskers painted on their faces.

In addition to the visiting readers, Helena High School theater students paid several visits to classrooms where they acted out a Cinderella skit, much to the delight of the students.

Once Read Across America Day is over on March 2, students will continue to read the whole month of March for a Dr. Seuss Reading Challenge where they will try to complete five activities in a row like bingo.