Kristy Shelly, Netzaberg Elementary School Librarian and Information Specialist


NETZABERG, Germany — When I was eight years old, my elementary school hosted a spring read-a-thon, something schools do to promote reading and recognize Dr. Seuss, whose birthday falls in March. I remember taking my one-paged pledge sheet from neighbor to neighbor, ringing doorbells and asking for fI’ve cents for every book I could read in a month span.


Nearly 40 years later, schools across America still instigate their own versions of March madness. It’s reading season, and Netzaberg Elementary School continues to carry the torch of tradition. Check out some of the school’s past and upcoming reading events:


NES hosted a kick-off assembly with Principal Vanessa Faerber, who challenged students to read 30 minutes a night, six days a week, for four weeks. If the goal is met, she vowed to let the kids tape her to a wall. Minutes are collected, counted, and recorded weekly. Stay tuned to see if Faerber gets stuck to her promise.


NES staff members also put together this music video to inspire young readers.


NES also hosted a community reading night on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday. More than 30 staff members read to more than 250 families. The school’s Booster Club distributed free books, and the USO’s “United through Reading” made a special on-site appearance, allowing service members to record readings for their children while deployed.             


The school’s individual grade levels and specialists also recognized reading through their various programs. Kids made oobleck through Seuss centers run in the library, and first graders made green eggs and ham. Host Nations teacher Sonja Foxworthy taught children about Dr. Seuss’s German background, while the art classes created a mural to represent the school’s reading commitment.


On March 25, the school will also host a Drop-Everything-And-Read event from 1:40 – 2:25 p.m. Community members and parents are encouraged to visit classes that day to read their favorite children’s books.


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