“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Those wise words from Dr. Seuss sum up the reason why schools across the Cobb County School District dedicated an entire weak to celebrating reading.
As part of Read Across America, students and teachers, alike, brought storybooks to life when they stepped into the school as their favorite book characters. To emphasize the importance of reading, guest readers surprised the students throughout the week.
Members of the Kennesaw State University football team were among the first guest readers to help students at Garrison Mill Elementary School kick off Read Across America week. Each football player picked out a Dr. Seuss book and set off down the hall to surprise the students with story time.
The football players walked through the halls like celebrities. The students stopped them to collect autographs. Just a few years ago, one of the football stars now passing out his autograph sat in a classroom of a Cobb school just down the road.
“It’s awesome! I love being in Cobb County and coming back and reading near where I went to school. Being able to see all the kids’ faces is a great experience,” said KSU football player and Kell High School graduate Bryson Armstrong.
Cobb high school students also got into the fun of promoting reading by volunteering as guest readers for elementary schools, like Clarkdale Elementary School.
Because as Dr. Seuss would say, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child,” Cobb School leaders popped into schools across the district for story time.
Cobb Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale read to students at Shallowford Falls Elementary School. Cobb Schools Board of Education Member David Banks (Post 5) visited not one, two, or even three schools. He read to students at six elementary schools on Read Across America Day, but he wasn’t the only Board member who read to Cobb students that day. Board Member Brad Wheeler (Post 7) read to students at Still Elementary School. Charisse Davis (Post 6) surprised students at Timber Ridge Elementary School while Randy Scamihorn (Post 1) dropped in for story time with students at Bullard Elementary School.
Throughout the week, parents, business leaders, police officers, and other members of the Cobb community joined in the reading fun to help students realize that “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”