Pigs, princesses, and Greg Hephley’s, oh my!
Nearly 200 elementary students and teachers dressed up as their favorite book characters on Friday and paraded down Spring Street for families and upper school teachers and students. From The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Rainbow Fish to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Spiderwick Chronicles, students were dressed as characters from books that pulled them out of reality and into worlds of imagination and endless possibilities!
Gallery Slideshow: Lower School students dressed up for Read Across America.
Our assistant principal over the lower school, Mrs. Becky Link, began the parade tradition three years ago as a fun way to elevate Read Across America. Read Across America is a celebration of reading that began in 1998 by the National Education Association. Though Read Across America is March 2nd this year, we chose to celebrate a week early for high school students, who leave for trips this week, to participate.
Also under Mrs. Link’s leadership, Read Across America is a week-long event at SBCS. Throughout the week, students participated in read-alouds and activities that, according to Mrs. Link, were designed to make stories come alive and expose students to many diverse and wonderful stories.
Gallery Slideshow: Students doing activities and read-alouds for Read Across America.
Some classes will continue celebrating reading this week with Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd. Second-grade teachers, Mrs. Allison Lloyd and Ms. Mollie Gaines plan to read as many Dr. Seuss books as possible and are averaging 5-6 a day. Their students will also recreate the book cover for their favorite Dr. Seuss book along with other activities.
Creativity and expression through language are seen as gifts from God for the communication among man and between God and man. The main purpose is to be able to learn and share God’s Word through reading and writing. Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' Birthday are not just celebrations of reading at SBCS, but in understanding God and His creation better through stories.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1