Reading event draws 150 children, parents

Despite the threat of inclement weather, more than 150 children and parents turned out for Penn Manor School District’s 14th annual “Read Across America” event March 2 in the high school gym.

Participants of all ages listened to stories, made “Cat in the Hat” hats, tried their hands at fishing and made “Seussy Snack Mix” in honor of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), the beloved children’s author who was born March 2, 1904.

This year’s theme was “Reading Around Your Home,” and the gym was converted into a giant house, with a “bedroom” with an inflatable mattress where kids could gather to read, a “bathroom” with a tub (for fishing), and a “kitchen” where students read recipes and made snacks.

In all, there were 11 different stations, all based on Dr. Seuss books, from “Sneetches on Beaches” to “Fox in Sox.” Throughout the day, guest readers took turns reading to participants, and parents read to their children during “Drop Everything and Read” breaks.

Participants donated nearly 100 books to be distributed to needy Penn Manor students.

In addition to current district staff, retirees and high school volunteers helped make the reading event a success.