Cushman families celebrate literacy

Feb 26, 2019

The families of Cushman Elementary School’s preschool and kindergarten students gathered on Tuesday night to socialize, do Seuss-related activities, and shop the Scholastic Book Fair as they celebrated learning to read.

The annual event is timed to be near Dr. Seuss’s March 2 birthday, which is also Read Across America Day.

Teachers and parent volunteers led kids in a variety of activities inspired by Dr. Seuss books, including making Thing One and Thing Two hair, Truffula Tree collages, and pinning the heart on the Grinch.

“We’re just celebrating reading,” Principal Melissa McHenry said, adding that the event is also an opportunity for families to spend time at the school and with each other.

Abby Cabral, a high school student who interns at Cushman, helped kids make Truffula Trees.

Perhaps the most popular activity was the Oobleck table. The gooey substance, featured in Seuss’ “Bartholomew and the Oobleck,” is made from cornstarch and water. Cushman’s version included figurines hidden in the goop.