Photos by Rome City Schools
In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Saturday, March 2 West Central Elementary School hosted their own Read Across America week. Faculty, staff and other members from our community volunteered their time to read their favorite children’s books to classrooms full of students.
Daphne Johnson, West Central Principal, was so excited to help her students learn by celebrating Read Across America. “This is the first year that West Central has gotten to celebrate Read Across America Week. Typically, we only celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, but we wanted to dedicate an extended period of time to reading so that our kids could truly dive into reading. We want them to realize that not only is reading great, but it can be fun,” said Johnson.
The halls of West Central were absent of traffic as most all students could be found attentively listening to their guest readers.
Teresa Price, Administrative Assistant at Rome City Schools, could be found reading her favorite Dr. Seuss book, “I Can Read with My Eyes Shut” to Ms. Banda’s classroom of kindergartners.
Dr. Stephanie Montgomery with the Northwest Georgia Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) also enjoyed taking the time to read to West Central students in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. “I love sharing reading with students because it allows them to think beyond where they are,” smiled Dr. Montgomery. “It gives them possibility, ideas and hope for the future.”
Several other community members who volunteered their time at West Central were:
- Members of the Rome-Floyd County Fire Department
- RCS Board Members
- RCS Central Office Staff Members
- Members of the 100 Black Men of Rome
- Northwest Georgia RESA
- City of Rome Staff Members
- Rome Middle School Habitudes Mentors
“Read Across America has been a great learning tool for our younger grades, as they are practicing their literacy skills and phonetics, etc. This has been great to get them motivated to read, while also encouraging our older students to be excited as well,” explained Johnson. “We are just so thankful for all of the community members who took their time to come and read to our students during Read Across America Week.”