WEST POTTSGROVE PA – Award-winning author, cellist, and nature photographer Kathy M. Miller, whose three “Chippy Chipmunk” stories for children have been popular sellers at Amazon and other book venues, was the guest speaker Thursday (March 2, 2017) during the annual Read Across America observance at West Pottsgrove Elementary School on Grosstown Road. The event marks the birthday of popular children’s storyteller Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel with activities that encourage reading.
During a special assembly, Miller showed the school’s kindergarten through second grade students “how she takes photos, what makes a good photo, and shared how children could use a photo to ‘find their stories’,” according to Principal Terri Koehler. She showed how chipmunks build their burrows underground. Chippy Chipmunk himself made an appearance, and greeted students as they left the show.
Miller and top readers in each of West’s classrooms enjoyed lunch together following the assembly, during which she described more of the work she does to build her stories. There was an author book-signing, too, for those who owned Chippy Chipmunk books.
Miller’s presentation and the lunch were funded by the school Parent-Teacher Association, Koehler reported.
Additionally, across the school, students enjoyed classroom activities, were met by special mystery readers, and selected second-grade students read to their kindergarten counterparts. Students could choose green eggs and ham, a Seussical meal, from the lunch menu if they desired.
Capping off the day, Koehler said, were family night activities at the school book fair. Parents and students could shop there for books if they wanted, but the principal noted it also provided an opportunity to promote reading and literacy.
It was accompanied by a “camping” theme, so teachers Terri Minotto, Julie Farris and Breanna Flora, and other staff members and volunteers gathered kids around a mock campfire to share stories about living out in the wild. They worked on camping-inspired crafts as well, led by teachers Christine Reisner, Jean Randall, and Leah Quigley, and instructional assistant Brenda Tomaselli.
Building reading specialist Marianne Harrison planned and organized all activities and events for the day, Koehler said.
Photos from West Pottsgrove Elementary School