Buckland-Shelburne students camp out with Dr. Seuss

  • Second-grade teacher Amy Kelley of the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School held Camp Read-A-Lot for Literacy Week. Here she is joined by students Armando Gonzalez and Sebastien Migeon on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School second-graders Chloe Cusson, Maya Smith, Wesley Jenks and Colton Kingsbury read inside one of the tents Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 3/13/2019 5:59:48 PM

SHELBURNE FALLS — The second-grade classroom hummed with chatter as students dressed appropriately in pajamas huddled in tents to read Dr. Seuss’ “Sleep Book.” 

“It’s really fun,” second-grader Brody Cole said from inside a tent. Brody especially liked wearing pyjamas to class – though he admitted may have done so before, on days when he is running late for school.

It’s “literacy spirit week” at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary, with each day themed as a different Dr. Seuss book. Second-grade teacher Amy Kelley introduced literacy week three years ago, as part of the national event to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, “Read Across America,” and has organized it for the whole school since.

Kelley decided to set up tents for her students to use Tuesday, sourcing tents from staff members and constructing them Monday night with her husband, she said. 

“I want them reading … what better, engaging, fun way to read? So I was like, let’s set up a camp, and how exciting is that for a kid to go into a tent with a little flashlight and read?” Kelley said. “You don't get a lot of chances to read in school anymore.” 

The week also encourages interactions between grades. Different classes have visited Kelley’s to read with her students, she said.

The literacy week, observed by the whole school, has a different theme each day. Monday’s was “Cat in the Hat,” and students wore their favorite hat. Tuesday’s theme was “Sleep Book” and students wore pyjamas. 

On Wednesday, Marie Betts Bartlett, author of “The Little Yellow Trolley Car,” was scheduled to visit. The day’s theme is “Horton Hears a Who,” and students performed a “random act of kindness” to a peer. 

Thursday’s theme was “Green Eggs and Ham,” and students wore the color green. And Friday is themed “Fox in Socks” day – to celebrate, students were asked to wear “crazy” socks. 

Reach Grace Bird at gbird@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 280. 


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