Wild About Reading

 Grant Elementary was bustling on Thursday evening, March 1, in celebration of “Read Across America” and Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  Over 300 guests arrived to get their faces painted like the Cat, make crafts, play games and musical instruments, research wild animals, and eat green eggs and ham.  But that is not all they did!  Oh no!  That is not all!  Guests were entertained by our own Norfolk Public High school’s drama team reading Dr. Seuss’ book, Green Eggs and Ham.  We have enjoyed working with members of this team over the years and send a huge “THANK YOU” to them for volunteering their time and talent.

Earlier that afternoon, students took a journey with “Wildlife Encounters” from Gretna, NE. “Wildlife Encounters” is an organization that works with local and national zoos, wildlife parks, and other organizations to provide homes for many types of animals from all over the world. This rescue center also offers educational school programs.  One at a time, a new animal ambassador was introduced: an alligator, fennec fox, parrot, Patagonian cavy, a tortoise named Cunningham, and a boa constrictor.  Grant students were amazed and highly entertained with facts about our animal visitors’ habitats and special adaptations.  Nobody, except a few teachers, seemed to mind the boa!  This special assembly was made possible with a grant received earlier this year from Shopko.

 Finally, I want to encourage all of our students to read, read, read!  There are so many exciting things to discover within the pages of a book!  “The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” (Dr. Seuss).