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Bon Air Celebrates Dr. Seuss Night

Students from Bon Air and Stewart elementary schools and their families had an out-of-this-world adventure at the Dr. Seuss Family Reading Night on February 23, 2012.

Children played games in the Bon Air gymnasium focused on this year’s theme of “No Place Like Space.” They enjoyed a rocket launch, space dust search, alien Frisbee, planet toss and an obstacle course with an inflatable space ship. The event, which is celebrated nationally as part of “Read Across America” week, was organized at Bon Air by teachers Ron Spiering, Danielle Ward, and Suzanna Hathaway. They began planning for the event in September.

“When the students weren’t in ‘outer space’, they were able to visit four out of the nine story stations and listen to space-themed books read by different teachers,” Ms. Ward says. “There were also craft rooms and computer game classrooms that students visited, too.” State Representative Eli Evankovich and Lower Burrell Mayor Don Kinosz also joined in the fun, with a reading of “There’s No Place Like Space.”

“We do this event to celebrate reading and the joy it can bring to kids and their families alike,” explains Mr. Spiering. “We simply hope kids and their families realize the joy reading can bring.”
Spiering is quick to acknowledge that it took the work of numerous people to pull off the event: teachers, administrators, custodians, secretaries, board members, the PTAs and volunteers, the Burrell Education Association, Burrell Education Foundation, community members and local businesses.

“Being an elementary event, I’m always impressed with the outpouring of support from district employees district-wide,” Mr. Spiering says. “Our students get the chance to see people they will one day have the opportunity to interact with as they move through the different grades and buildings. A small few of us may plan the event, but it truly relies on the support of many people. It’s amazing what opportunities we can provide for our students when we all work together.”

“We hope the students gain an appreciation not only for an amazing author, Dr. Seuss, but also for reading in general,” says Ms. Hathaway. “The night is for families to spend time together in a literacy-rich environment.”

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