Originally Published: April 17, 2017 6:01 a.m.
Several characters from the Star Wars movie series joined a reading celebration at Lincoln Elementary School to celebrate Read Across America Day in March.
The celebration culminated a monthlong challenge for students, who were encouraged to read at home and track their minutes each day. When teachers tabulated class totals, Lincoln students had surpassed their goal of 100,000 minutes by more than 7,000!
Not only was the “May the Reading Force Be With You!” effort targeted at increasing students’ reading, it also raised money to feed hungry families in the Prescott area. Families and benefactors sponsored students with financial support, which resulted in donations of more than $500 each to the Hungry Kids organization and Prescott Meals on Wheels. SunUp Rotary Club was a key contributor to the school’s program.
Read Across America Day is an annual recognition of the importance of reading, held on the birthday of Theodor Geisel, best known as Dr. Seuss. In celebration of the students’ success, Lincoln School had a visit from Dr. Seuss, in the person of school volunteer Katy Harrell. The celebration assembly kicked off with theme music from Star Wars, recognition of the school’s top readers, and congratulations to students for achieving their reading milestone. A cast of Star Wars characters joined the fun, presenting awards and encouraging the students to continue their reading efforts.
The Empire was represented by a very realistic Darth Vader (Anthony Dickinson, Prescott Valley Vader). Representatives of The Rebellion included Chewbacca (Lincoln principal Karen Hughes), Princess Leia (reading aide Emily Schumacher), Han Solo (Wilson Van Ness), and Yoda (Madi Sawyer). Lincoln School salutes and thanks this crew that made such an impact on its students.
Information provided by Prescott Unified School District.