Read Across America Week


Our Marshall Road community celebrates the gift and joy of reading with a week of literacy-themed activities for all ages!  The PTA invites students and their families to join in these activities and events.

As with all PTA events, we rely on volunteers to make them happen.  Please consider volunteering to help by signing up HERE.


Monday, February 26  ~  Bookmark Crafting

8:15-9:00 am in the Library

Students and families may design artful bookmarks and hide them in library books to be found and claimed by others who later check out those books.


Tuesday, February 27  ~  Buddy Reading

During the school day, students will have an opportunity for reading books aloud with another class.


Wednesday, February 28  ~  Poetry Slam

8:15-9:00 am in the Cafeteria

Students in grades 3-6 are invited to publicly recite a poem, either original or from a favorite poet, and enjoy light refreshments with families.


Thursday, March 1  ~  Favorite Book Character Day


All Marshall Roaders are encouraged to dress like a book character that inspires or excites them.


Dr. Seuss Night

6:00-7:00 pm in Kindergarten classrooms and Cafeteria

Students in grades K-2 and their families listen to teacher celebrities read from their favorite Dr. Seuss books, and enjoy themed games.  New this year, there will be an interactive Sensory Storytime session involving reading, music, and puppets that is open to all and may have particular appeal for kids with special needs.

(This is a family event; all children must be accompanied by an adult.)


Friday, March 2  ~  Wear Your Words Day

All Marshall Roaders are encouraged to wear something that has words that can be read (e.g., Marshall Road spirit wear, t-shirt with team or place name)


Throughout Read Across America week, students can also look forward to:

  • One Book, One School as all classes read and discuss Life by author Cynthia Rylant
  • Surprise moments of “Drop Everything and Read” (DEAR)
  • Reading-related trivia on the Roadrunner Report


Special Kick-Off Visit from Author Henry Cole:

On Friday, February 23, children’s author and illustrator Henry Cole will be at school presenting during special assemblies to students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6.  Mr. Cole will share the development process and stories behind some of his books, as well as speak about the career of being an author or illustrator.  Students will have the opportunity during RAA week to reflect and respond in writing about Mr. Cole’s presentation.

Students are highly encouraged to bring in their personal copies of Henry Cole books (or to go purchase copies prior to his visit), so they may be signed by the author during his visit.  Some of Mr. Cole’s most popular works include: Unspoken, The Somewhat True Adventures of Sammy ShineA Nest for Celeste, and Brambleheart.


For questions and more information contact: Andrea Kramer.