CES celebrates Read Across America Week

| March 3, 2020

The Cat in the Hat visited Coshocton Elementary School on March 2 for Read Across America Week. Several local celebrities also visited the school for the purpose of reading to students as well including Coshocton Mayor Mark Mills; Haley Sturtz from the Coshocton County Animal Shelter; Coshocton Fire Safety Officer Brent Endsley; Sheriff Tim Rogers; Mr. Lonsberry, veteran; and Mr. Fauver, CHS Principal.

Monday was Read Aloud Day to celebrate Dr. Suess’s birthday and to get National Reading Month “popping” teachers handed out bags of popcorn. Students were invited to bring a towel to sit on and their favorite book to read while listening to guest readers.

The Cat in the Hat, also known as physical education teacher Jamie Duling, read from the book “Thing One and Thing Two” to second graders in the gymnasium. “Thing One and Thing Two” are two main antagonists from “The Cat in the Hat” book. They were released from the box that the cat brought in to introduce to Conrad, Sally and the fish. The things later caused mischief by flying kites in the house which bumped the wall and also knocked everything down in their path. They represent all that restless energy we have to suppress so we don’t get in trouble.

Mills read “The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors” to the fourth-grade class and answered students questions. The story was about the Kingdom of Backyard where a warrior named Rock lived. Meanwhile in the empire of Mom’s Home Office lived a second warrior named Paper. In the Kitchen Realm in the Village of Junk Drawer lived a third warrior named Scissors. They battled fearsome opponents like a printer and dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets.

Some student questions included: How old are you? “I was in the fourth grade at South Lawn Elementary,” Mills said. “That’s how old I am.” He also was asked about his favorite cookie. “A Girl Scout cookie,” Mills said. “You could put a whole box of Samoas on my desk and I wouldn’t mind.” Students then asked how he likes being mayor. “My biggest dream was to be mayor of Coshocton,” Mills said. “Every day I walk out my door and my job is all around me.”

He then left the students with a few words of encouragement.

“You can be anything you want to be,” Mills said. “That’s a message from your mayor I want you never to forget.”

Sturtz read “The True Story of Winnie the Pooh” to the fifth graders. The book is about Lt. Harry Colebourn, a veteran from England who moved to Winnipeg Canada. The 27-year-old Canadian Soldier during WWI bought a baby bear at a train station for $20 and it quickly became the regiment mascot. When he was called to the front he gave the bear to the London Zoo where she became the children’s favorite. A real-life Christopher Robin came along to feed and care for Winnie.

Sturtz told the children to always take care of their pets. Keep them clean, feed them and vaccinate them.

Each day throughout the week had its own activity. “Sleep Book” was on Tuesday where students could wear pajamas and bring a favorite book to share. Wednesday is “Wacky Wednesday” when students could wear clothes inside out, backwards or mismatched. Thursday is The Cat in the Hat Day. Students could wear their favorite hat. Friday is Fox in Sox and students could wear silly or mismatched socks.


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