Cheshire High Students Help Younger Kids Get Excited About Reading

Cheshire High School students visited Highland Elementary School for Read Across America, which takes place in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday kids in Connecticut are taking part in Read Across America Day and one elementary school in Cheshire put a spin on the day by having high school students join in to help.

At Highland Elementary School in Cheshire, the classrooms are full of classics.

“Congratulations, today is your day. You're off to great places, you're off and away,” said Abby Dziura, a Cheshire High School sophomore, as she read to a classroom.

With brains in their heads and feet in their shoes, these kids have 40 Cheshire High School students helping steer them in any direction they choose.

“We love reading,” said the teens.

Yes, these teens, know what they know. Saying reading is best, it’s where kids imaginations should go.

“I just think it's so important to enjoy stories and to read for fun, not just because you have to,” said Grace Azaula, a Cheshire High School junior.

“I think that having a strong base of reading when you are young helps cultivate that kind of culture for when you are older and helps your reading,” said Berkley Fang, a Cheshire High School Senior.

Yes, these students are off to great places, influencing these kids with their bright smiling faces.

“Pretty much I think reading is kind of like the most important thing in life,” said Charlie Gilchrist, a first grader at Highland Elementary.

Charlie and his classmates listened with glee, asking questions Dr. Seuss would love to see.

“What's your favorite Dr. Seuss book?” asked one child to their visiting student reader.

Whatever the answer, these teachers agree, there’s another point to be made about reading, you see.

“Really emphasize the importance of reading and limiting that screen time,” said Karen Zetoff, the library media specialist at Highland Elementary School. “Finding multiple ways to enjoy life without the screen time.”

So back in the classroom, what else can we say? Happy birthday Dr. Seuss, today is your day.

“You're off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way,” read Dziura.

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