by Lisa Tome
Dr. Carolyn Teigland hasn't forgotten her roots.
Dr. Teigland, Cecil County Public Schools Associate Superintendent for Education Services, enjoyed reading the book "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" when she served as a school principal.
Now that she works at the board office, the book is still a favorite. She chose it to read last week while participating in the Bay View Elementary Read Across America festivities.
"The kids are what our work is all about. Being in schools with children reaffirms the work we do every day," said Dr. Teigland. After she read, she realized the book was a little dated because it mentioned "chalk erasers". "I don't think they (students) know what those are," she said.
She was one of several guest readers at Bay View on Thursday.
Cathy Nacrelli also read to students. "It is so much fun to see the wonder in their eyes. They love the nonsense (in Seuss books). They love being read to no matter how old they are," said Nacrelli, the school system's Instructional Coordinator for Elementary Language Arts.
Guest readers was just one of the highlights of four days of events at the school. Thursday was also a Reading is Fundamental distribution day. Every student received a free book to take home. The Bay View PTO pays for three book distributions each school year.
Bay View Media Specialist Shannon Wood organizes the events for Read Across America week. Each day, students were invited to wear creative items to celebrate reading. Monday was crazy hat day. Tuesday was crazy sock day. Wednesday was mismatch day. On Thursday, students dressed as book characters.
"We want to get kids interested in reading. If they read 30 minutes per day, they are entered in the Read Across Maryland contest. And they learn a lot when people come in dressed as book characters," said Wood.
Dr. Seuss socks it to Bainbridge Elementary
by Lisa Tome
Kim Sands isn't certain which portion of the school's population enjoys Read Across America week more - teachers or students.
"The kids look forward to it. But our staff loves to dress up. The kids want to see what teachers are wearing and reading," said Sands.
During four days of festivities, Dr. Seuss, reading, and books were the focal point at Bainbridge.
"Kids love being read to, even fifth grade. We are reading books at lunch with a microphone," Sands said.
Students were encouraged to use their imaginations in coming up with combinations of items to wear for various reading-related dress up days.
On Monday, in honor of "Cat in the Hat" those at Bainbridge wore their favorite hat. Tuesday was Crazy Sock Day. Wacky Wednesday had the school population dressed in mismatched clothing. Thursday was all about Dr. Seuss. For Oh, The Places You Will Go day, students dressed as Seuss characters.
"It's a blast. There are great levels of creativity in the outfits," she said.
The reading fun won't end now that Dr. Seuss' birthday has passed. Bainbridge is hosting a Name that Book competition this week.