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BHESA Celebrates Read Across America and Dr. Seuss

Mrs.Lynette McCoy,Principal, Dr. Ed Davis, Superintendent, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, Mrs. Dawn Moretz, Drama Teacher, Are seen picking a lucky winner for a Cat in the Hat. (pictured left to right)

Millions of children across America celebrated a special birthday on Friday, March 2nd, Dr. Seuss's birthday. This meant it was also “National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day," sponsored locally by Union County Association of Educators, a day when community leaders, celebrities, and parents visit schools across the nation to read their favorite books to children. Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton of North Carolina was among those who read to students at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts in Monroe.

Lt. Gov. Dalton said, "It tantalizes children's interest in things. When they can read, they can go places they never went before, and that triggers the imagination."

Dawn Moretz, drama teacher, said, “Seeing someone like the lieutenant governor reading sends an important message to students. We want our students to know at all levels that reading is not just something you do for a grade.” Mrs. Moretz believes, “Reading is something we use as a life skill as well as for enjoyment."

The entire fourth grade gathered in the media center and enjoyed an opportunity to ask Lt. Gov. Dalton questions about his work. After the short Q and A session, students were then treated to a reading of Dr. Seuss’ book The Sneetches. Other BHESA students enjoyed reading visits from UCPS School Board member Sherry Hodges, the Director of the Union County Red Cross, Sheila Crunkleton, and many other volunteers from our community.

Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday was deemed a success by student and adult readers alike!

Written by: Dawn Moretz, Drama Teacher
Posted: Mar 07, 2012 by Robin Pettit

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