Norborne Elementary students prepare for Friday's program

A week long celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday wrapped up Friday morning in Norborne.  The Missouri NEA brought their “Read Across America” program to more than 80 students at Norborne Elementary School.  Counselor Kim Robinson said it was a rewarding experience.  “I think seeing the kids read to each other is always a fun time and the big kids reading to the little ones is always exciting,” said Robinson.

3rd grader Garrett Heil said he enjoyed participating in all of the various activities.  “We’ve been celebrating Dr. Seuss and reading.  We dressed up in t-shirts and funny socks.  We had pajama day and yesterday we had ten minutes of silent reading,” said Heil.

NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading and awareness program held on March 2, the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Heil says he was proud to have the program come to his school.  “I’d like to thank many people, especially Ms. Robinson because she has been working really hard to put this together for us.”

Cat in the Hat (left) and Kim Robinson (right)

Robinson said, “Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and it’s the foundation for everything a child does in education.”

Each class gave a presentation Friday.  Click to hear the first graders read Green Eggs and Ham:

Norborne 1st Grade

Click to hear the second grade class’ song:

Norborne 2nd Grade

Click to watch the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes perform: