Students at Ben-Gil Elementary School capped off the end of ISAT testing last week with a Dr. Seuss celebration. The Seuss celebration was a two-fold event beginning Thursday evening with family literacy night and wrapping up on Friday with an event with teachers and city officials.
Each year the celebration has a different theme to develop a home/school partnership that supports student learning and achievement. This year, administration chose a Dr. Seuss theme and orchestrated lesson plans and daily reading time around the theme. Teachers say youngsters get more engaged when everything coordinates and leads up to a final event.
After taking state mandated tests in the early part of the week last week, Ben-Gil Elementary school planned their family literacy night on Thursday and allocated part of the day on Friday as a celebration.
The family literacy night on Thursday was named “Spaghetti with Seuss – Dinner with the Doctor”. The free event was available for all grade levels at the elementary level including pre-kindergarten. The night featured the Seuss theme, lots of rhythm and rhyme, a spaghetti dinner, book giveaways, reading, singing, and even plays.
Following the literacy night, students took part in more Seuss fun during the day on Friday. All grade levels gathered in the gym and heard a book reading by Principal Angela Turcol and Superintendent Joe Tieman. Following the first reading, Gillespie Mayor John Hicks and Benld Mayor Gloria Sidar read “Green Eggs and Ham” to the students.
The two events are expensive programs to put on for the students, but are largely funded by grants from the Illinois Reading Council and the Illinois Title Association.
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