March 2, 2006 was a really good day for Diane and I. That was Read Across America Day or as some people call it Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. On that day, each of us read to 9 classes at White Oak Elementary School. Diane read to kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders, and I read to the 3rd and 4th graders. We were only two of many local citizens that were reading to classes that day at White Oak Elementary. I suggest you mark your calendars and read at a school in your community next year. It is a win-win situation for you and the kids.
White Oak Elementary is one of the top ranked elementary schools in the state. Diane and I found the students to be very attentive, appreciative of us taking the time to be there, and were certainly very well behaved. Principal Wanda Fowler, the teachers, teacher assistants, and school administration are certainly doing an excellent job with the students at White Oak Elementary. Congratulations to all. You can check out the school’s web site at www.carteretcountyschools.org/woes. On the Principal’s page of the web site, Ms. Fowler states her “Vision” for White Oak and I think she is well on the way to making that “Vision” a reality. I suggest you take a look at it. It is well worth reading.
Ms. Nancy Duddy did an excellent job of coordinating the Read Across America Day. Readers could either bring their own book or Ms. Duddy would have several books ready. Ms. Duddy had selected “Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies” for me to read. It was a great story and educational for me. I had always wondered why butterflies flew in zigzag patterns, and now I know it is because they are laughing about the trick they played on a coyote. The coyote’s wife sent him to do an errand, and the coyote took a nap. The butterflies each grabbed a hair of the coyote, lifted the coyote, and carried it back home.
The Emerald Isle Police Department and Fire Department also participated in Read Across America Day. The Emerald Isle Fire Department and Police Department do an excellent job throughout the year working with the students on safety issues. I encourage our Police and Fire Departments to spend time with our youth, because I am convinced that time spent with youth now, will pay big benefits down the road.