Dr. Seuss infographic “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” –Dr. Seuss

Indianapolis Public Schools high school students across the district grasped the meaning of that Dr. Seuss quote this week when they visited neighboring elementary schools to read with the students.

Each high school in the district was paired up with their closest elementary school and sent ten students over to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and read to preschool through second grade students.

“It was nice to see them and see their faces while we read,” Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities student Grace D. said. “They were so excited!”

Raj M., a Northwest Community High School junior, indicated he had never read to kids like this before. “It was fun,” he said. “They were listening and interested.”

John Marshall Community High School student Joana A. said some of the books she’d never read before, “I enjoyed the stories right along with them! I’d love to read to them again!”

Her classmate at John Marshall, Shay D., agreed, “It was so amazing reading to little kids and knowing they look up to me.”

The high school students weren’t the only ones excited about reading Dr. Seuss, our younger students loved the stories, too!

Lew Wallace School 107 preschool student K’mauri L. said she likes Dr. Seuss because “he’s silly.” Her classmate Kaimen W. said his favorite story was “Cat in the Hat.”

While the event was fun for students of all ages, it also helped build stronger relationships between our high schools and their neighboring elementary schools.

Eliza A. Blaker School 55 principal Arthur Hinton was appreciative of the Broad Ripple students reading to his students and said events like this build on community relationships and keep school connections in place.

“This encourages our students to strive toward being at the high school level. For them to see the older students valuing literacy and community it’s truly immeasurable,” Hinton said. “We’d love for them to keep coming back and work with the school to foster that community relationship.”

And the high school students will definitely be asked back. The teachers in every classroom visited across the district invited the high school students back any time.

We’re proud of our high school students for encouraging our younger students to read! As Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
 

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