year, schools across the country pay homage to arguably the greatest
children's author of all time, Dr. Seuss. This year, the Bucyrus
Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday and Right to Read Week
during National Read Across America Week March 2-6.
Each day during the week had a different theme based on one of Dr.
Seuss' children's books. Students and staff were encouraged to wear
green from head to toe on Monday, wear their craziest socks on Thursday
and wear red, white and blue on Friday.
"Each year, we give the students and staff the opportunity to
showcase their creativity with their daily dress and decorations
throughout the building," librarian Diane Kaple said. "The creativity of
our students, their parents and our staff never ceases to amaze me. It
was a really neat week!"
Along with daily themes, the BES Library also hosted a weeklong
Scholastic Book Fair and a Family Fun Night on Tuesday. More than 250
students, parents and family members attended the Family Night event.
"This is the sixth year we've held this event, and each year the
event grows," Kaple said. "We had people all over the building for two
hours engaged in different educational activities with our students. It
was a fabulous night!"
Activities during Family Night ranged from staff members reading
books to students and their family members, to science projects, to arts
and crafts and much more. The evening also included a photo booth where
students and their families could pose with different Dr. Seuss-themed
props. The Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) sponsored
the family-centered event.
"The feedback we received from our families was fantastic," librarian
Kim Binnix said. "We are so thankful that so many families came out to
spend a fun evening of educational activities with their students."
On Friday, the building hosted the annual Redmen Readers event. More
than 40 Bucyrus High School students spent the afternoon reading books
to every class at the Elementary School.
"The students just love when the 'big kids' come to read to them,"
Kaple said. "Our students see many of the high school students competing
in athletics and other events, and they really look up to them. It is
certainly one of the highlights of the week for all our students and our
The final activity of the week was a recognition assembly to
congratulate the more than 120 Elementary students who have earned the
"A Redmen Reader Lives Here" yard sign by reading more than 1,000
minutes in the building's yearlong reading challenge.
"So far, our students have read more than 550,000 minutes and
counting," Kaple said. "Once they hit the 700,000 minute mark, Mr. Roll
and Mr. Souder have agreed to dress as princesses for the day."
To learn more about the Bucyrus Elementary School reading challenge
and the National Read Across America activities, please contact
librarians Diane Kaple or Kim Binnix at 419-562-6089. Photos from the
week’s events can be found on the library’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/beslibrary.