By: John Nestor
Students at Long Meadow Elementary School had a special guest on Wednesday as they started to celebrate Read Across America.
Guest reader and Watermark at East Hill resident Marvin Wurth read to students in Rose Marie Ahern’s first grade class during their library time as part of a community outreach program that helped the school in its celebration of Read Across America.
Read Across America Day is today, the same day as Dr. Seuss’s birthday. School librarian Christina O’Neill said that younger students at Long Meadow have been celebrating Dr. Seuss all week and on Wednesday Mr. Wurth got to sit down with the first-graders and read them the Dr. Seuss book, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”
“I think its wonderful and I am excited about the partnership,” O’Neill said.
Wurth asked the children to call him Marvin and then away they went with Wurth reading the story, showing the kids the pictures and interacting with them as they went through the pages together. Wurth certainly seemed to be in his element, asking some questions of the kids, emphasizing some on the funnier passages and the children were an attentive audience.
“I’ve worked with students before, after I retired I worked as a volunteer with elementary school students in Florida,” Wurth said. “I am looking forward to reading the stories to the kids. It’ll be a lot of fun.”
After the story was over Wurth joined the students in Rose Marie Ahern’s first grade class as O’Neill showed them a slide show about Dr. Seuss that talked about his works as a beloved children’s author.
The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 20th year, the program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.