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Read Across America, Hanover Middle School, March 9, 2009
The snow fell, the schools closed, and Dr. Seuss’ birthday came and went on March 2. However the Grade 5 students at the Hanover Middle School did not fail to celebrate Read Across America Day. On Monday, March 9, one week late, the Grade 5 students and their teachers hosted guest readers from the school system and the community who read aloud a variety of heartwarming, enlightening, hilarious, and inspirational selections.

Read Across America is a program sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) and Dr. Seuss Enterprises along with 45 national partner organizations. The program encourages young and old Americans to open a book and celebrate reading. Its official day of celebration is March 2, Dr. Suess’ birthday.

This year’s celebrity readers at the Hanover Middle School included Capt. Jim Gallagher from the Hanover Fire Dept., DARE Officer Mike McKeever from the Hanover Police Dept., Hanover Town Clerk Bob Shea, Hanover Selectman Dan Pallotta, Sgt. John Brooks of the Massachusetts State Police, and Brian Voelkel, General Manager of the Brockton Rox..

The Hanover Public School System was represented by readers Dr. Kristine Nash, Superintendent of Schools; Alice Downs, HMS School Nurse; Debbie Rich, HMS Secretary; and HMS Assistant Principal Kathleen Harris. The eager listeners in Grade 5 and their teachers greatly appreciated the efforts of all the guest readers.

Article: Ava Sigsby
Photos: Stephen T. Ryerson