Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not.
from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
As Dr. Seuss would say, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, members of the Student North Carolina Education Association (SNCAE) and volunteers from Volunteer Catawba provided fun activities to inspire reading for Overton Elementary students and their families. The Dr. Seuss Literacy Night event was a joint effort of Overton Elementary, Catawba’s Department of Teacher Education, SNCAE, and Volunteer Catawba. It was designed to celebrate the books of Dr. Seuss, encourage reading, and foster family involvement at the elementary school.
Catawba’s Teacher Education Department has partnered with Overton Elementary for the past several years to provide STEM and literacy night events for students and families. This year, Overton asked the department and the SNCAE organization to partner in providing the Dr. Seuss event as part of the celebration of Dr. Seuss throughout the month of March. Dr. Seuss’ birthday was March 2nd. Many elementary schools across America, therefore, celebrate the author and his books throughout the month of March.
Upon hearing about the event Volunteer Catawba volunteers were eager to participate and impact the lives of young children in our community. Together, SNCAE members and Volunteer Catawba volunteers read selected Dr. Seuss books to the children and assisted the students in completing arts-integrated activities following the readings. Students went home with “wockets in their pockets” and “unless” stones to share with family and friends. Such mementoes encourage students to share their reading with others and, therefore, fosters continued literacy development, motivation for reading, and reading comprehension.