Speaking in rhythm and in rhyme, the Cat in the Hat – accompanied by Thing 1 and Thing 2 – attended the Temecula Valley Unified School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the district offices in Temecula to promote the National Education Association’s 17th annual “Read Across America” Day.
The signature program encourages teachers, students, parents, and community members to gather together to promote and share their love of reading with children and teens through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
Traci Pawlak, a third grade teacher from Vintage Hills Elementary School dressed up as the Cat in the Hat and led the school board in a pledge to encourage and promote reading. She was accompanied by Thing 1 – Belissa Guerrero, a transition kindergarten teacher from Temecula Elementary School—and Thing 2 – Karie Shovack, a fourth grade teacher from Vintage Hills Elementary. The school board enthusiastically participated in the reading of the pledge.
Normally, the day of reading celebration coincides with the birthday of Dr. Seuss on March 2, but this year that day falls on Sunday so the day was moved to March 3.
The teachers in the Temecula Valley Education Association are joining school districts around the nation to celebrate the reading day in different ways.
Tips and resources are available on the NEA’s website www.NEA.org.