Friendship school instills fun, importance of reading

By Beth A. Birmingham | Mar 14, 2014
Courtesy of: Friendship Village School The entire staff and student body of Friendship Village School spent the week of March 3 celebrating Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day.

Friendship — Friendship Village School staff and students celebrated Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day during the week of March 3.

Lots of "things" were going on as the teachers made an extra special effort to emphasize fun and the importance of reading.

Area school board members as well as Regional School Unit 40 Interim Superintendent Michael Cormier paid the school a visit and assisted in the festivities.

The week-long schedule included a kick-off assembly March 3, with everyone encouraged to wear red and white. March 4 was Fish Day and all were to wear anything related to fish or fishing — but nothing too smelly!

Wacky attire was the theme for March 5's Wacky Wednesday, while green was the theme for "Green Eggs and Ham" Day March 6. And the final day celebrated Mustache Day with "The Lorax."


Friendship school board member Errol Silvestri reads to the second-grade class in celebration of Read Across America Day the week of March 3 at Friendship Village School. (Courtesy of: Friendship Village School)
Christina Labbe's third-grade class shows off their door design they created for Read Across America Day. Their theme was "Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You?" Each class at Friendship Village School participated in the event the week of March 3. (Courtesy of: Friendship Village School)
Friendship Village School teachers dressed up as "things" the week of March 3 to celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day. Shown from left are Tiare Messing, special ed teacher; Casey Lufkin, assistant principal; Val Young, kindergarten; Heidi McKechnie, first grade; Kay Flanagan, second grade; Christina Labbe, third grade; Gigi Hynd, fourth grade; Ann Allen, fifth grade; and parent Ashley Ranco. On the floor, portraying "The Cat in The Hat" is Brooke Simmons, school board member and parent. (Courtesy of: Friendship Village School)
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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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