Frances Willard Students Are Reading Across America

February 29, 2016


Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225

March 2 marks the annual Read Across America Celebration, a commemorative day to honor the late Dr. Seuss and emphasize the importance of reading to students across the United States.

Each year, many schools across the country plan special events and celebrations around Read Across America. Students at Frances Willard Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas have been gearing up for the day since early January when they began their Read Across America journey. They are tracking the number of books they read and equating them to miles. One book equals one mile. Their goal is to “travel” across America, from Houlton, Maine to San Francisco, California. The grand total is 5,478 miles and they are almost there! A map in the front hallway of the school provides a visual for their progress.

Librarian Colleen Charlton is coordinating the effort.

“I believe that the more fun things you do for reading, the more they will read,” she said.

And there’s another incentive: for every five books students read, they will receive a ticket. The tickets are good for a “Pie in the Face” drawing that will be held at the end of the event. Ten students’ tickets will be drawn and they will be able to throw a pie in face of Charlton and Frances Willard Principal Sarah Pike. And every student who participates in the reading program receives a free book.

Only two days left to reach their goal!

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242