Spring Branch ISD Superintendent Jennifer Blaine recently was invited to read Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss to a group of students from Treasure Forest Elementary who attend the Boys & Girls Club summer program at The Women’s Home location.
The read-aloud event, sponsored by the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation (BBHLF), took place in the newly opened, Dr. Seuss-themed library at the facility. Prior to the event, the students read nine Dr. Seuss books. During the celebration the students gathered in four small groups to hear a 10th book read by Dr. Blaine, Julie Baker Fink (President and CEO for the BBHLF), Kevin Hattery (CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston) or Anna Coffey (CEO of The Women’s Home).
After finishing the read-aloud, Dr. Blaine asked the kids in her group, “Where are some places YOU would like to go?” Several Disneyland wishes were expressed, of which Dr. Blaine heartily agreed.
Wearing her The Cat in the Hat shirt, Dr. Baker Fink spoke to the students about the importance of literacy. She told them that reading is a “super-power” as she was joined by mascots from the Curiosity Cruiser, The Cat in the Hat, and Blue from the Boys & Girls Club.
Students received certificates recognizing the completion of 10 Dr. Seuss books and a copy of The Cat in the Hat in English and Spanish, compliments of BBHLF. The literacy organization also is sponsoring a trip for the students to the Dr. Seuss Experience at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Members of the Women’s Literacy Guild, a group of volunteers under the BBHLF umbrella, will accompany the students on the field trip. Some sporting Dr. Seuss outfits of their own, several members of the guild were on hand for the read-aloud event to experience the joy of reading with the students and feel the excitement and energy in the library. They took pictures with the students and mascots, and served cupcakes decorated with Dr. Seuss characters.
See photos from the read-aloud event here.
Literacy is a key priority for Spring Branch ISD, as reading and writing are foundational skills Every Child needs to succeed in school and life. Dr. Blaine was thrilled to lend her voice and support for the Dr. Seuss read-aloud event to show the students the importance of reading … a superpower we can all have.