Hamilton School District students, staff and families will celebrate Read Across America March 1 – 5 with a variety of activities at school. Activities include celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2, reading initiatives and book-themed dress-up fun. The purpose of Read Across America is to get students excited about reading and build school community.
Lannon Elementary School, 7145 N. Lannon Road, Lannon
The theme at Lannon is “I am healthy here, you are healthy there…we are healthy everywhere” highlighting healthy mindset, friendships, bodies, choices and fun.
- Monday – Wear yellow shirt and red hat like the Dr. Seuss character Sam I am
- Tuesday – Wear red shirt and blue hat like Thing One and Thing Two
- Wednesday – Wear sports or athletic apparel
- Thursday – Bring a healthy snack and wear matching color from new Food Pyramid: fruit – red, vegetable – green, grains – orange, protein – purple, dairy – blue.
- Friday – Wear crazy hair, mismatched socks or clothes
Maple Elementary School, W249 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex
Special events include creating Dr. Seuss artwork and a school-wide “drop everything and read” event to culminate the week.
- Monday – Dress up as the career of your choice in honor of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”
- Tuesday – Wear your favorite hat for “Cat in the Hat”
- Wednesday – Wear your wackiest clothes – inside out, mismatched for “Wacky Wednesday”
- Thursday – Grab a friend and dress up as twins for “Thing One and Thing Two“
- Friday – Wear school-appropriate pajamas or comfy clothes to celebrate “The Sleep Book”
Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Road, Menomonee Falls
Special Marcy events include an all-school “drop everything and read” event and competition for dress-up day participation.
- Monday – Wear Marcy, Hamilton, college shirts or shirt from vacation to celebrate “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”
- Tuesday – Wear animal print or shirt with an animal on it in honor of “If I Ran a Zoo”
- Wednesday – Wear your favorite socks in honor of “Fox in Socks”
- Thursday – Wear red and blue in honor of “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”
- Friday – Wear school-appropriate pajamas or comfy clothes to honor “The Sleep Book”
Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Road, Sussex
There will be reading or book-themed classroom door decorations in addition to daily spirit and reading activities.
- Monday – Mismatch day for “Mystery Monday”
- Tuesday – Wear tie dye clothing for “Tie Dye Tuesday”
- Wednesday – Wacky hair day for “Wacky Wednesday”
- Thursday – Wear red and white in honor of Dr. Seuss for “Thankful Day”
- Friday – Wear pajamas for “Cozy up with a good book!”
Silver Spring Intermediate School, N58 W22350 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex
Students will participate in March Book Madness, a national online bracket-style tournament that matches books to one-on-one games. Games will be decided by online votes and all 16 books in the tournament will be highlighted throughout the week. Students will complete a March Madness bracket and the top three students will win a prize.
Tundra Tales is a reading challenge in which fifth grade students log an extra 60 minutes and sixth grade students an extra 90 minutes of reading a week outside of the school day. It is in the second quarter and ends March 22. Students who reach all of their quarterly goals will win one free admission to the Packer Hall of Fame.
Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex
Templeton will conduct a book drive March 1-12 to help spread literacy. The drive for children’s books will benefit Next Door Milwaukee. Donations of new or gently-used books appropriate for age levels birth-5 years old are requested. Collection boxes will be located in critical literacy teachers’ rooms. Book drive organizers are focusing on high-needs books including board books and picture books for children up to age five years, multicultural and multilingual books and social-emotional books to help children understand their feeling. In addition they accept books for older children and adults.
Read Across America is a national initiative on reading created by the National Education Association that began in 1997.