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JPPSS Students Participate in Read Across America

These decorations outside of a Pre-K classroom at J.C. Ellis Elementary help students and staff become festive in celebration of Read Across America.

These decorations outside of a Pre-K classroom at J.C. Ellis Elementary help students and staff become festive in celebration of Read Across America.

Crazy Sock Day and Wacky Wednesday may sound like homecoming week festivities, but these colorfully themed days are actually part of a week-long celebration of reading at J.C. Ellis Elementary. Like schools across the nation, Ellis is taking part in the National Education Association’s 18th annual Read Across America.

This national celebration of reading and of Dr. Seuss’ birthday kicks-off March 2 with Read Across America Day. National organizers will spend this day at an elementary school in Los Angeles. Ellis Elementary will celebrate this day with Stop, Drop, and Read, when all staff and students read from 3:10 – 3:30 p.m. Ellis students celebrate Crazy Hat Day on Tuesday in honor of The Cat in the Hat, wear mismatched shoes and wacky clothing styles to honor Wacky Wednesday, put on crazy socks in honor of Fox in Socks on Thursday, and dress as their favorite book character on Friday.

The national Read Across America Cat-a-Van Reading Tour concludes with an event at the Louisiana Children’s Museum on March 6. Along with readings from Dr. Seuss classics, the tour is being used to promote Dr. Seuss’ Kid, You’ll Move Mountains national search for students ages 5-18 who excel in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). The contest recognizes students who are living the message of Dr. Seuss’ last book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!. For more information, visit www.kidsmovingmountains.com.