Drummond promotes literacy with monthly reading celebrations
Drummond promotes literacy with monthly reading celebrations
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day, is a yearly observance in the United States that was inaugurated by the National Education Association. It is held on the school day that is nearest to March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. But rather than just a day of celebrating reading in March, Drummond Elementary School organizes monthly celebrations throughout the entire year.

For January, the theme was “Hibernation” and students were invited to wear their pajamas to school on Jan. 15 when classes read nonfiction books about winter and animals that hibernate.

In the library, the bookshelves were decorated like a cave.

“We read a book to students about a bear who hibernates and whose friend is going to miss him while he’s gone,” library technology specialist Tammi Buckner said. “It was a perfect tie-in to the hibernation theme.”

After reading the book while sitting in a circle, students grabbed a flashlight and went searching for a book they wanted to check out. Buckner along with paraprofessional Tracy Cook found the idea to decorate the bookshelves like a cave on Pinterest.

“We just brought in our blankets from home and created it,” she said. “We added the flashlights because we thought that it was going to be really dark under there and they had to have some way to find their books so we just bought these little flashlights off Amazon and they loved it.”

Kindergartner Liam Burnett picked the book “Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur” while wearing his dinosaur pajamas.

“It was awesome and super cool,” he said. “I had to use my flashlight because the cave was really dark and I loved it.”


Above, Drummond kindergartners use their flashlights to go spelunking for books in the library "cave." Below, Drummond paraprofessional Tracy Cook reads a book to students in the library.


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11097 St. Charles Rock Road
St. Ann, MO 63074
(314) 213-8500

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