Read Across America was presented by a skilled cast to the students at Van Holten

Read Across America was presented by a skilled cast to the students at Van Holten

Staff members played as the actors and the students were among the attentive audience.

Van Holten Primary School launched the highly acclaimed Read Across America Week when it held a school-wide assembly on Monday morning, March 4.

The popular event in the school’s gymnasium, which also attracted Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Board of Education members and a Supervisor, was under the guidance of Meghan Kipila, Van Holten’s dedicated and enthusiastic Library Media Specialist.

Van Holten Principal George Rauh was also instrumental in the successful gathering.

“Van Holten is excited to celebrate Read Across America by kicking off the week with a fun, interactive school wide assembly,’’ Principal Rauh said. “Students learned about Read Across America, how and why it was started, sang the Library Song and watched an entertaining teacher created video. This assembly as well as other activities throughout this week will hope to motivate and inspire students to love books and see the benefits of being a lifelong reader.”

The highlight of the assembly was the video that featured numerous Van Holten staff members who played their roles that would make Hollywood stars envious.

Ms. Kipila explained the theme of the entertaining video.

“During a school-wide assembly, Van Holten School kicked off Read Across America week by debuting their annual Read Across America video. This year, the video revealed several staff members who were in search of a particular Dr. Seuss book that had gone missing,’’ Ms. Kipila reported.

She continued to discuss the video.

“Along the way, excerpts from various familiar Dr. Seuss books were shared with viewers. Each year, students look forward to seeing the surprise storyline that celebrates Dr. Seuss and many of his well loved titles.” 

Board of Education President Barry Walker and Vice President Jennifer Loughran and Matt McCarthy, the school district’s Supervisor of Arts Education, were included in the crowd who enjoyed the presentation.