Ready to read

MARTINS FERRY Students and staff at Anna Marie Ayers Elementary School in Martins Ferry kicked off their Read Across America festivities Monday with a short gathering in the schools’ gymnasium and a performance by the Martins Ferry High School band.

Read Across America Week was established in honor of famous author Theodore Geisel (Dr. Suess’s) birthday. Monday, a number of students adorned their heads with the trademark red-and-white striped Cat in the Hat headwear.

Each classroom has exciting events planned throughout the week in hopes of fostering a love of reading and the realization of how important reading is in opening up opportunities for kids.

Guest readers will pay a visit to each classroom to read a Dr. Seuss book during the week. The library, art, music and physical education teachers will hop aboard the “reading wagon” to help celebrate the importance of reading by having special activities during the time the students are in their classes.

Plus, students will be asked to dress in special attire, a different outfit for each day.

Monday was hat day while today, students were asked to dress as a character from their favorite book.

Wednesday the students will be wearing buttons while Thursday is ‘Crazy Sock Day.’ Friday rounds out the week with pajama day.

The students also got ready for the week by decorating their classroom doors with different Seuss-esque themes. Principal Jim Fogle will read off trivia questions during the morning announcements and there will be puzzles, book reports, challenges to read a certain number of books plus tons of other fun and educational activities for all.