MHS celebrates Literacy Week

Published 10:45 pm Monday, March 1, 2010

Through the words of Dr. Seuss and a slew of other authors, Maplesville High School is celebrating Literacy Week.

Mixing games, special guests and themed clothing, the school each day is shedding light on the importance of reading for its students.

“Reading is a vital part of our day-to-day communication and what we have to do,” principal Maggie Hicks said.

Yesterday, several community leaders read books to young students throughout the morning, setting a refreshing start to the week’s events. Students also wore hats to represent what career they plan to pursue.

Hicks said the students normally love to wear hats whenever they have the chance, so seeing which professions they chose to represent was fun for Hicks and the staff. She said it gave the kids a chance to showcase their individuality as well as an opportunity to, in the future, look back and see how their ideas might have changed as they grew older.

Hicks said she saw a chef’s hat, a retro painter’s hat and a surgeon’s hat. Of course, the typical baseball hats were also popular.

Today, ABC 33/40 meteorologist James Spann will read to pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students between 8-11:30 a.m. Spann will also give a weather presentation to the students.

Later tonight, the school will host a Literacy Night program presented by students in grades one through nine.

Tomorrow marks “Wacky Wednesday,” when the students will wear wacky clothes that coincide with the school’s dress code.

Hicks said teachers will also incorporate different types of “wackiness” into their lesson plans.

On Thursday, the school will host a snake show at 11:30 p.m. for elementary students and at 1 p.m. for high school students. Admission is $2.

On March 4, there will be a snake show at 11:30 a.m. for elementary students and 1 p.m. for high school students. Admission will be $2.

To close the special week, students will be asked to dress up as their favorite storybook characters.

Hicks said teachers are planning arts and crafts activities, and parents and grandparents will help in the classrooms from noon until 1 p.m.