Quarryville Elementary School students and teachers stretched Read Across America Day into a full week of activities.
Each day last week had a theme from the books of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
Principal Rebecca Gajecki says students enjoy the fun activities which are designed to promote reading.
"Especially our primary students definitely are inspired to pick up books they might not have before," the principal said. "Books they might have overlooked they are more likely to read. Dr. Seuss books are good and fun and get kids excited."
Read Across America is also good for morale of the students and staff. "It creates a sense of excitement for the younger kids," Gajecki said. "The older students enjoy it because it builds a sense of community. They're excited to come to school and see what everyone is wearing. The faculty and staff also enjoy participating. They are excited to share something they enjoy."
Monday was "Hat Day" (Cat in the Hat). Gajecki said this was popular because students are generally not permitted to wear hats inside the school.
Tuesday was Pajama Day (The Sleep Book) followed by Vacation Shirt Day (Oh the Places You'll Go), Silly Sock Day (Fox in Socks), and Quarryville Elementary Pride Day (Hooray for Diffendoofer Day).
Started by the National Education Association, Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration held annually on the school day closest to Dr. Seuss's birthday, which is March 2.
Quarryville Elementary also held a school-wide assembly where Lancaster Barnstormers mascot Cylo helped introduce a reading incentive program sponsored by the baseball club.
In the past members of the community have visited the school to read books to students, but wintry weather made that difficult so classroom teachers led read-alouds.
Students from Mrs. Styer's second grade class show off their vacation shirts. Front row (l-r): Mason Shertzer who visits Ocean City, Md. every summer, James Spiller, sporting a shirt he wears during visitis to Buffalo, Zaige Lewis, wearing a Puerto Rico jersey, a place he plans to visit one day, John Garrison, wearing a shirt that says "Riviera Maya, "Chilled in Mexico", Nevaeh Thomas, shirt she got while visiting the Sunshine State, Jose Dominguez, wearing a shirt with a photo of professional wrestler Jeff Hardy purchased at a custom t-shirt shop in Ocean City.
Students from Mrs. Harold's first grade class wore "vacation" shirts last Wednesday during Read Across America week. Jake McClune, who attended a Phillies game last fall, Natalie Phipps, who has visited the Outer Banks, Olivia Bauermaster, who has visited Cape May, (Both Phipps and Bauermaster said they love to play on the beach.), Bythia Copper, who has vacationed at Disneyland.