AUBURN – Members of the community were invited into classrooms at Washburn School as guest readers on March 2 and 3 in celebration of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Each reader spent approximately 20 to 30 minutes in their assigned classroom, reading a favorite childhood book or a special book. On March 2, cupcakes and juice were provided to each student, kindergarten, through grade three, by the Washburn PTO in a tribute to Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

The PTO also purchased books that were drawn as door prizes, with three recipients in each classroom as follows: Brian Johnson, Skyler Henson, Ben Harris, Austin Aube, Haylee Gagnon, Joyce Staats, Cole Butler, Ezra Thomas, Isaiah Eastman, James Garrett, Daveon Brooks, Kerriarna Asselin, Ashley Flint, Sarah Baillargeon, Nicole Lavoie, Shelby Dan, Kaleb Glidden, Brianna Jordan, Jacob Martel, Tyler Cabral, Corey Henderson, Olivia D’Amour, Heather Flint and Courtney Adamen.

Another activity included the creation of a “Hat Tree.” Each student responded in writing to the following prompts: kindergarten students wrote a favorite book title on their hat while students in grades one, two and three wrote about “Why reading is important to me…”. Kerri Bouchard, an educational technician, constructed the tree and helped students place their hats for all to read.

Guest readers included Police Officer Chris Bouchard; Dee Pratt, neighborhood resource coordinator; Gail Theberge, school secretary; Dick Brouillette, principal; Melissa Buzza, PTO president/parent; and Elaine Dow, curriculum coordinator.

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