Gretna Elementary School students participated in a You’ve Been Booked activity last week as part of its Read Across America festivities. Classrooms throughout the school exchanged books focused on kindness themes to read as a class.

Students throughout Gretna Public Schools spent last week celebrating reading alongside schools throughout the nation as part of Read Across America Week, held each year near Dr. Seuss’ March 2 birthday.

GPS was no exception. Students at all five area elementary schools participated in a number of themed days, dressing up as their favorite book characters, matching with their friends and cozying up in pajamas.

Along with themed dress-up days, each school planned its own fun activities: hosting guest readers, pairing older and younger classrooms to read together and competing in daily contests.

Gretna Elementary School students fueled discussion of reading and kindness throughout their school as part of their Read Across America Week activities.

As a school, classrooms participated in a You’ve Been Book activity.

Second-grade teacher Jennifer Jones found a similar idea on a blog she regularly follows. Linking up with media specialist Stacy Sanders, the pair selected five books that focused on teaching empathy and similar #BeKind initiative-related themes to get the activity going.

Second-graders visited classrooms throughout the school, equipped with a bag that included and book and activity instructions.

Each classroom that received a book would read the story together. They were then able to choose whether to pass the book along or to keep the book in their classroom and pass along one from their classroom’s own library.

“It’s been kind of nice to have different books show up in your classroom,” Sanders said. “It’s another way to talk about books.”

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