Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
As a way to celebrate and motivate reading, the National Education Association (NEA) jumpstarted the Read Across America program on March 2, 1998 which also coincides with the popular children's author Dr. Seuss's birthday. "Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school," says. Monday, March 2 Kimball Elementary celebrated their own version of Read Across America where teachers and several students dressed-up with feather boas and colorful wigs to the movie star theme. Students and a teacher from each grade level were selected to compete in each of the seven games for the chance to win an "Oscar" statue. Kindergarteners Zachary Holtz and Hunter Hickman stacked blocks as high as they could without them falling. First-graders Taylor Hamilton and Bailee Schiefelbein screamed in a screaming contest. Second-graders Zachary Schiefelbein and Athena Capes raced up and down the gym layering clothing in a clothes race. Third-graders Emily Laumer and Abby Schiefelbein threw wet sponges at teachers and Principal Clark's faces in a cardboard cutout. Fourth-graders Andrew Massman and Austin Host competed to see who could hoola-hoop the longest. Fifth-graders Denzel Atherton and Lauren Libbesmeier raced across the gym on tricycles. Sixth-graders Mckenzie Skaggs, Nicole Vossen, and Kristina Kastanak spun around a bat 10 times and shot basketballs into the hoop.