Dr. Seuss himself said it best, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” And in the spirit of Dr. Seuss’ philosophy, JP feels, “A book is one of the best gifts you can give a child.” That’s why JP gave every child in Wilmot Elementary School in Arkansas their very own copy of a Dr. Seuss book for the annual Read Across America celebration this past March.
The students at Wilmot Elementary had a big time commemorating the event! They made bookmarks to go with their books, enjoyed refreshments and read to other students. The entire day was dedicated to the Dr. Seuss celebration. Wilmot’s Direct Instruction Coordinator Kendra Galloway planned the event, and said, “The students were excited that after hearing the story, they each had a copy of a special book they could then read to themselves and others. The students look forward to the activities that celebrate one of their favorite authors."
Wilmot Elementary has been a partner of JP for over twelve years. JP’s School Improvement Specialist Kim Burgess was both impressed and grateful for the unique opportunity to make the children’s experience memorable. "The event appears to have been a great success thanks to the collaborative efforts and passion of JP and the on-site Leadership Team," said Burgess.
97% of Wilmot’s enrollment qualified for Free or Reduced Lunches in 2011—a statistic that would cause many to find an excuse for failure. However, it is just the opposite with the principal and teachers of Wimot. They accepted the challenge, identified resources, sought out professional development services (provided by JP) based on their needs and the results have been and continue to be a steady increase in student achievement.
To say JP was thrilled to be a part of their efforts to raise the roof on reading is an understatement. JP President Janie Feinberg said, “We were more than happy to do our part in making the occasion as special as possible for the children. Any event that has to do with reading makes us happy!”