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Students collect words at Washington Drive

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To kick off Washington Drive Primary School’s “Read Across America” challenge, students in Erica O’Connor’s and Kaitlin Reese’s classes met with Principal Kathryn McNally for a special reading of “The Word Collector” by Peter H. Reynolds on March 2.

Mrs. McNally told students that, when using their imaginations, reading has the power to transport them anywhere in the world. The students also learned that sometimes the simplest words, like “I’m sorry” and “hello,” are the most powerful.

Mrs. McNally invited students to share some of their favorite books, which ranged from Harry Potter to Dr. Seuss. In fact, March 3 was Dr. Seuss’ birthday which students, teachers and administrators celebrated by wearing silly socks to school.

Following Mrs. McNally’s reading, she challenged each of the students to go on their own journeys to collect words, which she said were hidden throughout the hallways of Washington Drive. The students could then use the words to create sentences, songs, poems and even stories.

“The more words you know, the better you can share what you’re thinking, feeling and dreaming,” Mrs. McNally said.