2016-03-18

By Justin Liu, AmeriCorps member serving on the CSX team with Mattahunt Elementary School

On March 2, four schools that City Year Boston serves with hosted Read Across America Day events. Read Across America Day is a time to recognize the legacy of famed author Dr. Seuss and encourage a love of reading in students through a memorable day of engaging storytelling. Chittick Elementary School, Grew Elementary School, Mattahunt Elementary School, and Blackstone Innovation School all observed the day in unique and creative ways. Community members, school staff, City Year alumni, City Year sponsors MFS Investment Management & BMC Software, Starbucks & Teavana employees, the City Year Boston 7 Generations Board, and champions such as Felix Arroyo, Boston’s Chief of Health and Human Services, all came together to read for students.

At Mattahunt Elementary School, where I serve alongside the rest of the CSX team, 30 classrooms participated in the day-long event, with more than 500 students joining in on our festivities.

As soon as students arrived to school, they received a warm welcome during our team’s Seuss-themed morning greeting. The energetic greetings also featured an AmeriCorps member dressed up as the widely known cat from Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat, which led to asking many excited questions as to what the rest of the day would bring.

Throughout the day, we brought in guests to read for the students. In each classroom, students sat quietly and focused on the words of the reader, occasionally asking questions about the story or reacting to dramatic changes in story events.

Days later, I heard students talk enthusiastically about the event, even sharing pieces of information from Dr. Seuss’s books. Hopefully, their enjoyment of Dr. Seuss for this one day will lead to exploring more books in their own. Perhaps it will even inspire the rise of a new Dr. Seuss among them.  

For photos of our event, see our clickable gallery below.

Read Across America Day - City Year Boston 2016

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Other blogs celebrating reading during National Reading Month in March:

Book Review: Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World

Sharing the Joy of Reading: Why Reading is Important and How I Get My Students Excited About It

 

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