CALIPATRIA- It was a day to celebrate the joys of literature along with the memory of someone who it was important to on Wednesday Read Across America day was in full swing at Freemont Primary School with a reader’s theatre for students and a special garden dedication to a loved member both the Brawley and Calipatria elementary school districts, Marcia Carter.
Read Across America is a movement created in 1997 by the National Education Association to celebrate reading and to spread the love and joy of reading to children across the country. It is celebrated every year on March 2, the birthday of America’s most famous children’s author, Dr. Seuss.
Freemont staff put on a reader’s theatre for the kindergarten through 4th grade classes. Staff, including principal
Sue Casey, performed for the students in the afternoon. The performance is something they have done for the past two years to get the children excited about reading at school.
“We love doing this,” said Casey, “And we’re just trying to show the kids a different way to bring the stories to life through reading.”
It was followed by the dedication of the Marcia and Hank Carter, a board member and a teacher for years in Calipatria, reading garden because Read Across America was an activity dear to Carter. Carter would even visit the school dressed up as the Cat in the Hat on the date and read the story to the students according to Casey and family members.
“The first time she did it no one knew it was her,” said Devin Singh, Carter’s granddaughter, “They were all wondering who the Cat in the Hat was.”
“She would love it, this is the kind of thing she would love to see at schools.” said Cynthia Walker, Carter’s daughter about the garden.
The garden was built through the efforts of the entire Calipatria community which included teachers and students at Freemont, family, and even people outside of the school sphere that Carter had touched that included members from the Sony Bono Wildlife Refuge and Americorp students.