Read Across America celebrated in Thomaston, Cushing

Mar 21, 2014
Cushing Community School kindergarteners in Beth Heidemann's class don Cat in the Hat hats as part of Read Across America week.

Cushing Community and Lura Libby schools celebrated Read Across America Week. The students’ excitement was contagious.

At Cushing Community School, students celebrated by taking the readers’ oath on Monday. The oath gives children a chance to promise to themselves that they will read and understand that the more reading you do, the more you know.

The kindergarten made Truffala Trees! On Tuesday, they celebrated with Top Hat Tuesday as in the "Cat in the Hat" book, but people also wore an assortment of other hats. One class made its own top hats with red and white stripes, and they wrote rhyming words on the white lines. Lots of Dr. Seuss books were shared.

On Wednesday, people dressed up as their favorite book character or in wacky clothes, like many of Dr. Seuss’ characters. One class made green eggs and ham for a snack. On Thursday people dressed up as twins (like Thing 1 and 2).

The highlight of the  week was meeting and talking with Ryan T. Higgins about the books he has written and illustrated. On Friday, students finished the week with a special school wide Drop Everything And Read time.

Lura Libby had many of the same events, with some variations. Monday saw students and staff wearing Cat in the Hat hats. The hats were funded with a grant from Office Depot. Topsy Turvy Tuesday was celebrated with everyone wearing pajamas to school, and on Wacky Wednesday, students donned colorful mismatched clothes. Ryan T. Higgins, the Maine author/illustrator, spent the day meeting with each grade level, reading his book and demonstrating his illustrating techniques. Thursday celebrated Thing One and Thing Two, with people dressing as twins. On Fedora Friday, everyone was encouraged to wear his or her favorite hat.

Lura Libby School students, from left, Hunter Davidson, Kairi Bautista, Madison Lempke, Logan Stasulis, Jesse Knowlton, Reece Eddy, Olivia Hillgrove during hat day.
Lura Libby School Principal Ainslee Riley, left, and Aimee Sanfilippo, administrative assistant as Thing 1 and Thing 2.
Cushing Community School kindergartener Evan Riley, kindergarten and second-grader Natalee Hitz during  hat day.
"Twins" Adriana Schultz-Luce, left, and Jordan Sherman participate in Twin Day at Lura Libby School.
Lura Libby School kindergarteners, from left, Kairi Bautista, teacher Holly Vinal, Leia Schultz, Madison Lempke during Wacky Wednesday.
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