Preschool students celebrate 'Read Across America' with the seniors

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Mar. 5, 2013
Hebron Center Nursery School students (l-r) Aubree, Eli, Tucker and Douglas sing along with the Sunshine Singers at the Hebron Senior Center on Feb. 27. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Hebron Center Nursery School students (l-r) Aubree, Eli, Tucker and Douglas sing along with the Sunshine Singers at the Hebron Senior Center on Feb. 27. Photos by Melanie Savage.

In anticipation of "Read Across America Day,” a nationwide National Education Association reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2 (Dr. Seuss’ birthday), students from Hebron Center Nursery School visited the Hebron Senior Center on Feb. 27. The children, members of Jennifer Blaise’s 4- and 5-year-old Monday, Wednesday, Friday class, brought along some of their favorite books to read with some of the town’s seniors.

As parents watched from a circle of chairs on the sidelines, children were led in a sing-along by Barbara Soderberg and members of the seniors’ Sunshine Singers. With “Old MacDonald” came animal hats - ducks, horses and pigs - animal noises and lots of giggles. Then, children were guided toward seniors, in groups of two or three, for reading.

After more than 20 minutes, Blaise looked around the room at children still fully engaged with books and their elder storytellers. “This is amazing,” she said. “This is a very active group and they’re still really interested.”


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