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The Party Goes On

NEA's Read Across America takes the celebration of reading to students in the Mile High City

What happens on March 3, a day after Dr. Seuss’s birthday? At Dupont Elementary School in Commerce City, Colo., it’s another party, of course, with NEA’s Read Across America tour! A gymnasium full of second graders were dressed in their best and celebrated in typical Seuss fashion with a reading jamboree that couldn’t have been more purr-fect!

Thing 1 and Thing 2 ran wild through the crowd. Cat-in-the-Hat was caught by his tail, and what’s a party without dancing! Yes, there was even a little shake, rattle, roll from Kerrie Dallman, president of the Colorado Education Association (CEA), and Thing 2!

“It’s incredibly inspiring to see books come to life,” says Dallman. “The kids here had that opportunity and we know that reading—and a great command of reading—opens so many doors for our students so we were so excited to see NEA bring Read Across America to Dupont Elementary.”

Students were treated to a special reading from the beloved Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham. Playing the part of Sam-I-Am was George Sheridan, executive committee member of NEA. Maury Koffman, also an executive committee member, played the role of Joey the Guy in the Hat, an anthropomorphic, tail-less dog.

NEA Executive Committee members Maury Koffman and George Sheridan ham it up reading Green Eggs and Ham

Other special guests included Amie Baca-Oehloert, vice president of CEA; Barb McDowell, president of the Commerce Teachers Association; and Richard Crandall, education Commissioner for the Colorado Department of Education.

“What a high-energy event…This was a great way to spend some time and see the energy in the room, see the partnerships that are in place to improve academic achievement,” says Crandall. “These kids are so excited to read; they’re excited to get their books…[we] appreciate the NEA’s effort in coming to Colorado and making this to happen with our local CTA.”


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