It has been a wonderful week to be a Grandma and to be the Cat in the Hat!
But I have to start at the beginning. A few months ago, the Santiago PTA received a $5000 Toolbox Grant from Lowe’s. The grant was awarded to create a Super Reader School at Santiago. I have been lucky enough to be on the Super Reader Project committee!
Our first focus would be National Read Across America Day, which takes place on Dr. Seuss birthday March 2, 2015. Since we didn’t receive the grant until January, it meant we really had to get busy. One of the things they wanted do was to also get the community involved. So to kick off Read Across America our friend Monique brought in speakers from all walks of life that went to the classrooms and read a Dr. Seuss book and a book of their choosing to the class. There was a Senator, 2 reporters, a police officer, a chiropractor, a military police officer and a stylist just to name a few – including Justin! The idea was to have children understand that at the end of the day the one thing all of these guests had in common was a love of reading.
The grant also allowed the PTA to give each classroom $50 worth of books that the teacher or class picked out themselves. We also wanted to give each student a memento of the day. Jenna designed a beautiful bookmark and matching bookplates to go into all of the new books so that years from now students will know how important they are to Lowe’s and the PTA. A bunch of us spent Sunday afternoon putting those bookplates in the books and organizing them for delivery to the classrooms. Everyone brought their kids and the kids spent time counting out the bookmarks and labeling them by teachers. A lot went into pulling Monday off!
Monday morning began for the speakers with coffee, juice and baked goods. When the time came for them to go to their appointed classroom, one of the RAK Ambassadors escorted them. Mrs. S had been coached them on small talk the day before. They took their roles very seriously and I think they impressed our guests.
After the guest speakers finished, Jenna and Mo turned into Thing 1 and Thing 2 and I turned into the Cat in the Hat. We spent the day delivering those books to the classrooms and giving the students their bookmarks. I wrote a Dr. Seuss style poem and the students loved it. I was swarmed by Kindergarten and 1st graders who wanted to shake my hand or better yet give me a great big hug.
The students and the teachers were all excited to get their new books. Many of the teachers were spending the day reading and in one classroom they were all excited to share their Dr. Seuss books with me.
Last night was our big Book Fair and the PTA collaborated with Barnes & Noble Booksellers to do an online and in store book fair. The online event runs for 7 days and last night was our big in store event. A percentage of all the purchases would go to our school. I went in costume as the Cat again; Jenna dressed as the girl from A Bad Case of the Stripes and Mo was Amelia Bedelia from the book series. We even had Speedy show up – he is the school mascot! Our “Super Librarian” came to read to the students, as did our awesome vice-principal!
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It really has been a wonderful week to be a Grandma and to be the Cat in the Hat!