Red Cross of America Day

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By Gary Phillips

            The teachers at McBee Elementary School have been participating in a book study to examine how they can learn more about teaching writing, and how it directly relates to the reading curriculum.  In order for the students to see that their teachers, school staff members, community members, and their idols around the country continue to read and write throughout their lifetime, McBee Elementary School organized a school-wide reading event to bring reading and writing to life in each one of the classrooms for Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, which took place on March 2nd. 


Each one of the students in first thru sixth grade viewed a blog that was created just for the event.  The blog displayed all of the readers and books that were going to be read aloud.  Students chose two reading sessions they wanted to attend.  Via Skype technology, the following people read books to classes, gave pep talks about studying, and fielded live student questions: Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney, USC basketball player Lakeem Jackson, and author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Laura Numeroff.  In addition, Superintendent Dr. John Williams, McBee High School principal Dennis McDaniel; and McBee Police Chief Darren Hayes all came out to read to students.


On the day of the event, the halls were filled with excited children, smiling as they got to travel around the school to hear different read alouds.  Several teachers played the part of their book’s characters.  One had their own lemonade stand that went with the book, “The Lemonade War”; One dressed up with a bag on her head to recreate the story “Baghead”.  McBee Elementary’s event organizer, 2nd grade teacher Laura Stasenko, said, “The day was a huge success that we hope will now become an annual event”.