Reading Magic Hits Denver
By Anita Merina
Seuss was on the loose in Denver, Colorado, July 1 as three hundred local students descended upon the Denver Public Library for a bit of reading magic and a visit from the Cat in the Hat. and Thing 1 and Thing 2. Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock welcomed students to the Read Across America reading party and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, joined by Vice President Lily Eskelsen entertained students with a spirited reading of The Cat in the Hat.
“We all know that reading is essential for success in school and in life,” said President Van Roekel,” But this Read Across America summer reading celebration is also a reminder that reading is just plain fun too.”
NEA Secretary Treasurer Becky Pringle led students in lively reading of Dr. Seuss favorite Green Eggs and Ham, and Read Across America national sponsor representative Terri Battaglieri from Renaissance Dental presented the library with a check for $1,000 to help enhance the library’s book collection. NEA delegates from around the country took time out from their annual meeting preparations to join leaders and readers in the reading fun.
Before the readings and check presentation, students moved between reading stations, listening to stories, writing and illustrating their own books and taking in their very own magic show. Thing 1 and Thing 2 joined the students at each station, adding Seussian flair to the morning event.
“This was fun!!” said second grader Jessie Ramirez as he picked up his gift bag. “And we get a book and stickers too?? Awesome!”
President Van Roekel pointed out that summer is typically a time when reading suffers and students fall behind. “We’re here because sharing the joy of reading is sharing the joy of learning not only throughout the summer but all year long,” he says.