Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 13, 2014
Brooklin School celebrates reading and brushing
Maine students at the Brooklin School in grades K through 8 participated in the 2014 National Education Association’s Read Across America campaign.
Sunday, March 2, was Dr. Seuss’s official birthday, but students in schools across America celebrated the National Education Association’s Read Across America campaign all week, according to a news release. This yearly event is held to promote children and adults reading together daily for 20 minutes, which is known to improve literacy levels.
The Brooklin School preschoolers through eighth graders celebrated Monday, March 3, by sending paper grocery bags decorated with drawings of various Dr. Seuss characters to TradeWinds Market Place in Blue Hill to be used to remind adults of the day and message. They also held a Community Day event, wearing pajamas to represent a typical time for family reading, singing “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss” and enjoying a birthday cake with a fresh fruit topping provided by TradeWinds. They also listened to one of Dr. Seuss’s first stories, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, read by Mark Ensworth, Brooklin School athletic director and physical education teacher.
This year Renaissance Dental co-sponsored Read Across America to help improve literacy and children’s dental health. To help kids maintain good oral health and improve literacy skills parents and children are encouraged to brush their teeth for two minutes, two times per day for good oral health, and to read for 20 minutes daily. All students received a dental kit of toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and a timer.