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Tahoe Valley Elementary students celebrate reading

Susanne Haala
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Susanne Haala / Tahoe Daily TribuneThe blue fish was one of the main characters of the book "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish" by Dr. Suess and was brought to class as a surprise for the kids.
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Second-graders at Tahoe Valley Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day by throwing a birthday party for Dr. Seuss on Friday, complete with cupcakes and new class pets.

Read Across America started 15 years ago with CTA and is a nationwide event that involves all children from preschool to 12th grade and focuses on teaching kids how important it is to read in order to be prepared for the future. This year’s theme was “Sink your teeth into a good book,” and students were able to do so by choosing from a variety of books at the student literature library in the classroom.

During class, second-grade teachers Jodi Dayberry and Erin Rose introduced two books to their students: “The Cat in the Hat” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” both written by Dr. Seuss, whose birthday coincides with Read Across America Day.

“Books can be plain and boring, but for children they should be fun with easy and simple words,” Dayberry said.

The children were also given a variety of activities related to the books, such as playing games, puzzling or drawing their favorite characters to make it more interesting and fun.

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As a surprise for the two second-grade classes, both teachers brought two fishbowls with the two main characters to class, the red fish and the blue fish.

“This is a project where the kids not only learn how to read but also to learn how to take care of a pet,” Dayberry said.

Read Across America Day was organized by the California Teachers Association, the National Education Association and literacy and youth groups.

“The more children read, the better they read,” said Tiffany Hasker, Read Across America Coordinator of CTA. “And the more they read outside of school, the better they do in school. Celebrating reading through different events is a fun way to introduce children to the world of books, words and reading.”


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