Read Across America 2021 kicked off on March 2; the event is celebrated across the country and promotes reading and literacy. Riverbank Unified School District (RUSD) has participated in the campaign and coined it ‘Read Across Riverbank’ with a variety of activities for students from elementary through high school. Although some things have changed due to the pandemic, Mesa Verde Elementary will continue encouraging students to read with some creative dress days this week.
With students attending class in small group cohorts the usual celebrations for Read Across Riverbank will be hosted in different ways throughout the district this year. The month long reading activities in the district usually includes spirit week, poster contests, door decorating contests, reading theatre, and guest reader week.
This week Mesa Verde students participated in spirit week with specific dress days each day. On Monday students wore animal print or camouflage or black, Tuesday had students and staff in pajamas or the color blue, then on Wednesday red, green or an ugly Christmas sweater was the theme. Thursday is College, career or red gear, and on Friday neon or school colors which are green, white, and black.
Other activities are anticipated at various school sites as the month continues.
The annual campaign began in 1998 created by the NEA (National Education Association) and was celebrated in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2 which now kicks off the campaign each year.