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“Read Across America” in Montana Includes Science and Cooking?

March 2, 2012

BILLINGS, Mont. - Crazy hats and brightly colored foods are part of the fun today in Montana public schools. It's Read Across America Day, which coincides with Dr. Seuss's birthday.

For third- and fourth-graders at Broadwater Elementary in Billings, it includes a field trip to Billings Senior High. Librarian Lyn McKinney says the high schoolers will be reading Dr. Seuss books to the younger students - and not just in English, but in French and Spanish as well. Also included is making cookies in the kitchen, and experiments in the science lab.

"Our chemistry teacher is going to be looking at Dr. Seuss's world and talking about goo and blowing things up - so that should be fun."

Another science class will focus on "The Lorax," the Dr. Seuss book turned into a movie which opens today.

The nationwide literacy celebration was designed by the National Education Association to encourage a life-long love of reading. MEA-MFT is the state affiliate. McKinney says her school is using the opportunity to encourage children to stay in school.

"Show them what high school's going to be like a little bit, maybe take some of the scary factor out of it. Introduce them to our building and to the way we do business here."

Details about Read Across America are online at NEA.org.

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MT