Today in Lauderdale County, Northeast Lauderdale Elementary School celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday and “Read Across America Day”.
A ribbon cutting today at Northeast Lauderdale Elementary School revealed a reading garden for students to use for outdoor learning.
The school unveiled "The Reading Garden" as a part of today’s celebration --hoping that today would be their first day to use it, but due to weather they held all reading activities indoors.
Despite not yet being able to read in the new garden, staff are excited to utilize area.
“Its always a goal for us to build reading skills, but also get them excited about reading and so, this goes a long way, days like this for building that excitement and enthusiasm”, Lisa Shelly, principal.
“Two things that really spark a kids interest and imagination are being outdoors and reading, so Ms. Shelly had a vision that we would combine both of them together, we had a great space, but it just had been overgrown, and we just weren’t utilizing it”, said Linda Weir, family and community engagement coordinator.
Although named “The Reading Garden”, the space will be used for more than just reading.
“Kids can come when they come to the library, they can come read, it’s also going to be – we designed it specifically so classes can go and they can do like outdoor science projects, they can do outdoor reading and writing projects, so you know, being outdoors creates just a multi-sensory aspect of learning and that’s what we hope to gain from it", said Weir.
The school invites parents to read with their students in the garden once a month, along with community readers, hoping to increase the school’s family and community engagement.
“We really want to continue to work at family and community engagement, so not only do we have family members coming to read with their children, but also we have several community members, some retired teachers, other members of the community, who come and are going to read with students also, so that brings together multiple people and we want kids to just see like, lots of people care about me and want to read with me”, said Shelly.
“The Reading Garden” was put together by community residents and local businesses over the course of five months.