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Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday with Author Leslie Helakoski

Helakoski SKYPES from Michigan to talk with students.

On Tuesday, March 3, 2010, Poplin Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday and paired that celebration with Read Across America events and the Poplin Elementary Reading Olympics as students made connections to our current participation as a country in the Olympics. Students participated in parades, book sharing from Dr. Seuss, Birthday Cake for everyone at lunch, and much more fun to celebrate the love of reading.

Classes throughout the school competed in the Reading Olympics for two weeks, and each grade level had a representative group who won for the grade level. The winners celebrated their accomplishments in the Media Center on Tuesday as Poplin Elementary School Media Coordinator Beth Medlin read the book Woolbur, by Leslie Helakoski. This book is a contender for the North Carolina Children's Book Award to students at Poplin Elementary, a children’s choice contest sponsored by the school and public librarians in North Carolina designed to introduce children to current children’s literature and instill a love of reading.

Children's author Leslie Helakoski who lives in Michigan joined the reading celebration at Poplin Elementary via Skype. Through Skype, a video-conference software, the students were able to talk with Helaloski and ask questions about being author, and about the book they had just enjoyed as a group. The winning classes for Reading Olympics read a total of 4,400 books during the two-week competition, and Mrs. Michelle Ruby's first grade class read the most of any class with 696 books.

Written by: Stephanie McManus, Principal and Beth Medlin, Media Coordinator
Posted: Mar 08, 2010 by Beth Medlin

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