Mispillion Elementary opened its doors last Thursday night as students and their families celebrated reading. The Love of Reading week is held during the first week of March each year. Along with celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd, the first week in March is filled with an entire week of school-wide activities each day.
“Reading Family Night is one activity that we thought would be a great way to include families and the community in the celebration,” said Mispillion Principal Teresa Wallace. “We hope that families and students take away a sense that reading is not only the foundation for learning but that it can be enjoyable and fun.”
School and community members joined the celebration by reading Dr. Seuss books to students. “We felt it was important for our students and families to meet the people who are behind the scenes providing support for our programs,” said Ms. Wallace. Guest readers who participated this year included Mayor Shupe; Jennifer Antonik, writer for the Chronicle; Shaun Strickland, Coach of the Milford High School Football team; Laura Manges, Milford School District Director of Special Education; and the Cat in the Hat, played by Russell Holleger.
Families enjoyed several activities including an opportunity to join the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign that educates and encourages students about the importance of not using the word ‘retard(ed)’. The campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people and educates people that language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions.
“The “R” word campaign starts at an early age so it can be ingrained in a child what is acceptable in order for them to can make appropriate choices,” said Wallace. “When students find themselves in situations where they have to make a choice of what to say or do, having conversations about what is and is not appropriate, and how others may feel, can help them make the right decisions.”
Mispillion Elementary serves approximately 570 students grades first through fifth. The school opened five years ago and shares similar student demographics as their sister elementary schools Lulu Ross and Banneker.