Community members read at School 5

Dunkirk Elementary School 5 recently celebrated Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday by hosting its 3rd annual Community Reader Day.

The NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivational and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.

Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. School personnel wanted to show the students that adults are excited about reading as well.

Approximately 40 guests arrived at School 5, some with their own favorite books, to read to the students on a Monday afternoon. The classrooms were divided into smaller groups, with most classes having four readers in the room. The guests introduced themselves to the students, telling them a little bit about themselves. Each read a story to the group and the children were invited to ask questions. Community readers come from all walks of life including parents of the students, staff, SUNY Fredonia’s President, Dr. Virginia Horvath. Mayor Anthony Dolce of Dunkirk, retired teachers and other professionals from the area.

Following the visits to classrooms, the guest readers gathered in the school library for refreshments. Co-chairmen for this event were Cynthia Maslakowski and Connie Glasier.

One of the school’s favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss is: “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”