For a group of Loudoun County fourth and fifth graders, this year’s Read Across America Day involved much more than books.
The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation hosted students from Ashburn’s Dominion Trail Elementary School for a different take on Read Across America Day. Along with traditional book readings from Dr. Seuss classics, the Dominion Trail students got to take part in three-legged races, choreographed cheerleading routines and obstacle course challenges — all on the field of the Redskins’ indoor practice facility.
Read Across America Day is part of a week-long celebration in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ March 2 birthday. For the second-straight year, the Redskins gave a select group of schools participating in the Redskins Read Program a reward for their voracious appetite for reading. Dominion Trail was selected from among 117 participating schools as one of the highest achieving in the program. The school then sent some of its most prolific readers from each of its fourth and fifth grade classes.
“The kids had a great time doing it and they’re proud of their work,” Dominion Trail Reading Specialist Sarah Kingsolver said. “They’re definitely getting rewarded for their hard work.”
This is the school’s first year partnering with Redskins Read and Kingsolver said it’s been well received by both teachers and students at Dominion Trail. She said the reading program fits in well with existing curriculum and gives students an extra incentive to read. Each month, Kingsolver collects progress reports in each students’ “playbook” of reading entries and questions, and one class each month receives a football trophy to show off their hard work.
Redskins Director of Community and Charitable programs Emily King said literacy has long been a priority for the organization, and the group is as excited to put on the Read Across America Day event as the students are to participate in it.
“It brings the football and the fun of reading all together,” King said.