Ninety families participated in Vandalia Elementary School’s Family Reading Night held on March 3. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ 105th birthday, the participants engaged in a variety of events to celebrate reading.
Joy Lawson, guest storyteller dressed as a Dr. Seuss character, kicked off the event in the gym with the reading of “The Cat in the Hat.” Then, children and their family members circulated through stations that were set up throughout the building.
Tara Tarter, library clerk, supervised the library station, where students and their guests read books together, took “Reading Counts” tests or worked online with “Study Island,” an ISAT prep program.
A video production of “A Day in the Life of VES,” produced by writing teacher Duane Houghtaling, was showing in the cafeteria, where guests enjoyed refreshments and engaged with their VES students in a variety of puzzles and word searches.
Cherie Woods, art teacher, decked out as a “Whoville” character, led the participants through the creation of Dr. Seuss finger puppets. The “real” Cat in the Hat, portrayed by third-grade teacher Carla Newcomb’s daughter, Haele Ruble, was on hand to meet and greet students and guests.
The event was organized by reading teachers Debbie Hall and Kim Well, with the assistance of the third-grade teaching team. Students in attendance were rewarded with “no homework” passes, and eight students were the lucky winners of a book drawing.
In expressing her appreciation, Stacy South, principal of Vandalia Elementary School, said, “It was gratifying to see so many of our students enjoying reading activities with their families.
“Not only were there parents, but there were grandparents, brothers, sisters and community members attending. The teachers are to be commended for their outstanding planning and, as a school, we appreciate so much that so many came to support our students.”