Hamilton School District students, staff and families will celebrate Read Across America Feb. 28 – March 4 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 Rd., Lannon
Lannon’s theme is “What Can Books Do?” Students will focus on the important reasons for reading a variety of books. Classes will compete against each other for most minutes read.
- Monday – Books can make us smarter – Wear Lannon apparel or red.
- Tuesday – Books can make us laugh – Wear crazy clothes and hair.
- Wednesday – Books can take us to new places – Wear a shirt from a vacation.
- Thursday – Books can inspire us to dream – Wear pajamas.
- Friday – Books can inspire us to have good character – Dress as your favorite book character and bring your favorite book to school. Lannon will have its first ever schoolwide book character parade.
Maple Avenue Elementary School, W249 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex
Maple Avenue’s theme is “Play with Stories.” Staff members are invited to record their favorite story to create a virtual bookshelf for students to enjoy independently or as a class. A Battle of the Books will also be held.
- Monday – Favorite color day – Wear your favorite color.
- Tuesday – Maple Reads – Bring your favorite book.
- Wednesday – Wacky Wednesday – Dress extra wacky.
- Thursday – Cozy day – Come in your favorite comfy gear.
- Friday – Hat and sock day – Wear your favorite hat and socks.
Marcy Elementary School, W180 N4851 Marcy Rd., Menomonee Falls
- Mystery Monday – Where have you been? Wear Marcy, Hamilton or college apparel or a shirt from a vacation.
- Twinkle Toes Tuesday – Wear your favorite socks.
- Wild Animal Wednesday – Wear animal print or a shirt with an animal.
- Thankful Thursday – Warm your heart for Marcy by wearing something cozy.
- Favorite Character Friday – Dress up as a book character.
Woodside Elementary School, W236 N7465 Woodside Rd., Sussex
- Monday – Message Monday – Wear a shirt with a saying or message that others can read.
- Tuesday – Today you are you! That is truer than true! – Wear your favorite color or outfit and bring your favorite book.
- Wednesday – Woodside is wild about reading – Wear animal or animal print clothes.
- Thursday – Team up to read – Wear your favorite Woodside or team apparel.
- Friday – Cozy up with a good book – Wear pajamas and bring a flashlight for a read-in.
Silver Spring Intermediate School, N58 W22350 Silver Spring Dr., Sussex
- Monday – We are well read – Wear red to celebrate readers.
- Tuesday – Hat’s off to literacy – Wear your favorite hat.
- Wednesday – Fun in the sun to celebrate beach reads – Dress like it’s summer.
- Thursday – Readers have character – Dress as your favorite book character.
- Friday – Readers are smarter – Represent your favorite school or college.
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. The Tundra Tales Challenge began Jan. 24 and ends March 7. Students who complete the challenge for four quarters earn a free ticket to the Packers Hall of Fame.
Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Dr., Sussex
Templeton will conduct a book drive Feb. 28 – March 11 to benefit Next Door Milwaukee and help spread literacy. Donations of any new and gently used books will be collected in communication arts teachers’ rooms. Requested items are board and picture books for birth to 5-year-old, multicultural and multilingual books and social-emotional books to help children understand their feelings.
Hamilton High School, W220 N6151 Town Line Rd., Sussex
Hamilton will host a book drive Feb. 28 – March 4 to benefit Next Door Milwaukee. Donations of new and gently used books will be collected in the library. Requested items are board and picture books for birth to 5-year-olds, but all books will be accepted.
Hamilton will host a make-and-take bookmark event March 1. Students are welcome in the library from 2:30-3:30 p.m. to make or color their own bookmark. Supplies will be provided.
Read Across America is a national initiative on reading created by the National Education Association that began in 1997.