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Read for the Trees
New Salem Elementary School celebrated Read Across America’s Dr. Seuss Day on March 2nd with an environmental theme: “Read for the Trees”. The day began with a reading of an excerpt from the Seuss book, “The Lorax” , on the school’s closed-circuit TV morning broadcast. As a special treat for the day, students and teachers dressed as Seuss characters and enjoyed a Seuss themed lunch.
All classes hosted guest readers who shared their favorite Seuss stories as well as stories about trees. Among the guest classroom readers were UCPS Superintendent, Dr. Ed Davis and Assistant Superintendent for Auxillary Services, Dr. Denise Patterson. Classes were also entertained by Deputy Christy Baucom (Piedmont Cluster SRO), Dr. Anne Radke (Principal, Piedmont Middle School), Rev. Britt Hadley (Asst. Pastor, Central United Methodist Church) , Gayle Simpson (Former Teacher, New Salem Elementary) and Linda Gaura (New Salem Elementary Parent).
Although postponed due to stormy weather on March 2nd, all six grade levels met on March 7th to help plant a tree and to pledge to learn more about caring for the trees in our world. County agricultural extension agent, Jeff Rieves, supervised the plantings and helped the students gain a greater appreciation of the importance of trees. This school-wide environmental education lesson integrated the important theme from the Seuss book, “The Lorax”, by reminding students of the importance of trees to the overall environment balance of nature.
This event was co-sponsored by the Media center, the school Green Team and the Dirty Dozen Global Garden Club.
Written by: Neil Hawkins, Principal
Posted: Mar 12, 2012 by Gina James