Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. elementary schools took time recently to celebrate reading in creative, fun ways in honor of the Read Across America program.

Read Across America is intended to motivate children in every community to pick up a book.

Spearheaded by the National Education Association, it is conducted annually on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2. However, some local schools had week-long celebrations, while others chose a day of the week to enjoy books — especially Dr. Seuss’ quirky tales.

Dana Thompson, a fourth-grade teacher at Parkside Elementary, made a Dr. Seuss-inspired chair for her students to use when they have behaved well. She intends to keep the chair for at least the remainder of the school year.

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Columbus Signature Academy — Fodrea Campus celebrated by inviting special guests to read to students March 3. Guest readers included BCSC Superintendent Jim Roberts, state Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, and Boys & Girls Club Director Nathan Larrison.

Students at Mt. Healthy Elementary participated in various activities. Fourth-grade students played “Name that Dr. Seuss Book” from a variety of clues, and kindergarten students turned their classrooms into a campsite called Camp Read-a-Lot and made paper Cat in the Hat characters.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.