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May 21, 2018
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Read Across America event to spotlight Seussical smiles

Stillwater schools to celebrate reading throughout the month of March

Feb. 28, 2014 – What does brushing your teeth have to do with being a good reader?

As it turns out, the two can be connected. Students in the United States miss 51 million hours of school each year because of oral health problems, the National Education Association reports. The instruction time missed, especially in the early grades in which the development of reading skills is an important focus, can hurt students’ ability to read.

The connection between good brushing habits and good reading habits make for a natural pairing of Read Across America and its sponsor Renaissance Dental. The two have teamed up to create the theme “Sink Your Teeth into Reading All Year Long” for this year’s Read Across America event, set for Monday, March 3.

Read Across America, an initiative of The National Education Association (NEA), is an annual event that encourages children and adults across the nation to join in a celebration of reading on or around the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Its purpose is to motivate students to read and bring awareness to the importance of literacy in our daily lives.

“Everyone from Horton to the Grinch can benefit from developing good oral health and reading habits,” NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said. “As Dr. Seuss famously said, ‘Teeth are always in style.’ ”

Reading, like brushing your teeth, should be an everyday activity. Both are important aspects of growing up to have a healthy body and mind.

Everyone can participate by taking the Read Across America Pledge online at, where participants anywhere can share their plans for the day and track what others are doing, too.

Stillwater is also celebrating the importance of reading during the month of March with a variety of special events.

Stillwater Reading events during the month of March:

Elementary Activities

Stillwater Elementary School is once again celebrating Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) during the month of March, thanks to the Stillwater Parent Teacher Association (PTA). This year’s theme is "PARP Diaries," which is built around the idea of appreciating the stories of others while learning to tell our own stories.

Activities include a PARP Kick-Off Skit on Feb. 28, Family Book Fair Nights, Book BINGO week, guest readers, prizes, and more!


Middle School Activities

All middle school students are encouraged to participate in the "Page Turners" reading program this March. Activities include Book BINGO, a special tale of "Alligators All Around" by Principal Mrs. Morris, Hat/Crazy Hair Day, a "Teacher Read Aloud," prizes, and a Read-a-Thon on March 28!

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