Superintendent Patterson and his dog, Parnell, joined Mrs. Lottig's class while Mayor Summers (right) read to Mrs. Hvizdos' class. Below, student Chris Bundy got in the spirit of the day dressing as one of his favorite Seuss characters.
Twenty members from the Lakewood community joined the students at Hayes on Friday, March 1 to celebrate the national Read Across America day. Among those taking the time out of their busy days to read a story to students were Superintendent Jeff Patterson, Board member Emma Petrie-Barcelona and Mayor Michael Summers.
Superintendent brought along his family's rescue dog, Parnell, and chose story about rescue dogs to share with Mrs. Lottig's classroom of third-graders. Other guest readers included Councilman Tom Bullock and Channel 3 news anchor Erin Kennedy.
Read Across America day is officially March 2, in honor of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Students at Hayes were encouraged to come dressed to school as a favorite book character.
The National Education Association created the Read Across America idea in 1997 as a way to motiviate children to read and raise awareness that reading is an important factor in student achievement and lifelong success.