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Christmas carols in March? Some Covenant students visited different classrooms singing carols. Pictured, front row from left, are Jeel Patel, Savannah English, Crosley Smith and Nicolette Newby. Back row, Katie Marissa Pack, Sabrina Watts, Kailee Smith, Katherine Shelton and Chloe Hillis.

Across the country, thousands of schools and libraries participate in Read Across America Day activities. The reading celebration is held March 2 in observance of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel was an author best known for his children’s books, with some of the favorites being “Green Eggs and Ham,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” and “The Cat in the Hat.” 
Local children were treated to visits from guest readers and various fun activities, many of them spanning the entire week. The first Read Across America was held March 2, 1998, and has experienced monumental growth. The purpose is to motivate children to read, which is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.
Students at Covenant Academy had a week-long celebration, focusing on a different Dr. Seuss book theme each day. Monday was designated “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Day,” with students wearing red or blue shirts. Tuesday was a crazy day with everyone wearing unique socks for “Fox in Socks Day.” Perhaps the favorite day for students was “Wacky Wednesday” when absolutely anything could happen at their school.
Things were out of sorts all across the building, with a car strategically placed in the hallway, tables were upside down in the library, and a wacky tunnel was the only way out of the library. The school choir visited classrooms while singing Christmas carols, and everything was backward at lunch time. They even served green water to students.
Thursday was “Green Eggs and Ham Day,” with students wearing green, and dining on green deviled eggs with ham for lunch. “Oh The Places You’ll Go” was the feature on Friday, with everyone sporting a shirt from their favorite place.
“We put extra focus on reading this week, with fifth-grade students reading to our pre-school and kindergarten classes,” said teacher Tina Lassiter. “We had guest readers visiting some of the elementary classes. It was a very fun and productive week.”