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BookPALS, Birthdays and Bancroft School!

Thursday, March 02 2006 @ 03:43 PM EST


"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

That quotation from Dr. Seuss could very well be Minneapolis’ Bancroft Elementary School’s motto. On March 2, 2006, the entire school was involved in one kind of reading activity or another, as they commemorated the anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ birthday by participating in the NEA’s Read Across America Day. Throughout the halls, in classrooms and staff offices, there were banners, certificates, baskets of books and silly looking faculty, staff members and BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) darting between classrooms wearing the now-classic red and white stovepipe hats that have come to symbolize reading in the United States.

Bancroft students settle in for a story.

Matthew Riggs dons appropriate attire

Bancroft has been a part of the Minnesota BookPALS program since its inception here in 1998. Our BookPALS are beloved at Bancroft, and include, both past and present, Nat Fuller, Helen Halsey, Cathy Fuller, Michelle Cassioppi, former BookPALS Coordinator Roi Anne McGraith, Minnesota StoryLine Coordinator Patty McDonald, Matthew Riggs, Junior BookPALS Hugh Simons and Granville Taylor. We are all extremely proud to be part of Bancroft's great commitment to reading and literacy, but we couldn't do it without Eunice Dietrich, Parent and Community Liaison.

Bancroft's Eunice Dietrich

Thanks to all our Bancroft BookPALS and indeed, all of our BookPALS, for helping to made Read Across America a very specialday!

Bancroft 1st graders show off their reading skills!



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