“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
— Dr. Seuss
If what this beloved children’s author said is true, then students at Medeiros Elementary School are guaranteed to go places as reading activities took over the campus on Monday to commemorate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Read Across America Day, and —for the first time ever—Read Across Medeiros Day.
“We have held Read Across Medeiros Day in the past with guest readers, however, we wanted to include the whole school so that we can make it a school-wide celebration for the first time,” said principal Jennifer Yacoub.
To kick off the week, Medeiros students had books read to them by Turlock Unified School District Board members Bob Weaver and Jennifer Carter, local author John Padilla, retired teacher Yolanda Rivera, and Turlock Police Officer Brain Ferreira .
Additionally, the entire campus abandoned their classrooms and desks for blankets and books to spend a portion of their afternoon reading outdoors.
“Read Across America is a way to encourage children to explore the wonders of books and Medeiros Elementary School is about supporting children into becoming lifelong readers,” said Yacoub. “The celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day reminds us all that by reading a book we can take adventures without leaving our campus.”
The time spent reading outside has proved to be a popular activity among students, who have even asked their teachers to make the event a monthly tradition.
The school’s celebration of reading does not end there, as teachers will continue to encourage students to read 20 to 30 minutes a day and explore the wondrous nature of books in a number of classrooms.