Meridian schools wrap up "Read Across America" Week
The Meridian Public School District wraps up Read Across America this week. The district has celebrated Dr. Suess’ birthday from March 1st-5th with a bundle of his books throughout this week. Each school has themed everyday to correspond with Dr. Suess' legacy.
“We’ve been promoting literacy here at Parkview Elementary,” said Parkview Elementary School Principal Shannon Thomas. “We’ve been asking the students to read each day. They’ve had the opportunity to dress up as characters in the book.”
Parkview along with other schools across the United States celebrates Read Across America every year. The district has brought in many community leaders to read to classes in order to enhance the students’ reading skills.
“We’ve had community members to come in, we’ve had a great week. I’ve been promoting AR (Accelerated Reader) at Parkview and I know this week they’ve actually been reading,” said Thomas. “We also have an ice cream social and in order for them to participate they had to have at least 5 AR points this week.”
Although the school is celebrating reading this week, reading doesn’t stop at school. Thomas encourages parents to read to their child at home to start developing them at an early age.
“When the child is born, it’s very important that a parent reads to their child daily. Not only once they’re newborns, but when they get on through high school--it's fundamental. If you can’t read, you can’t do anything in life.”