CFISD joins Read Across America celebration of reading

March 5, 2019

CFISD Board Member Bob Covey dresses in The Cat in the Hat garb while reading to Swenke Elementary School students on March 1 as part of the annual Read Across America celebration. Covey was among numerous CFISD Board members, district staff and business and community partners to read to elementary school students across the district.
CFISD Board Member Bob Covey dresses in The Cat in the Hat garb while reading to Swenke Elementary School students on March 1 as part of the annual Read Across America celebration. Covey was among numerous CFISD Board members, district staff and business and community partners to read to elementary school students across the district.

March 5, 2019—CFISD Board of Trustees members, district administrators and community and business partners joined the National Education Association (NEA) in the annual Read Across America celebration the week of Feb. 25-March 1 by reading Dr. Seuss books to elementary school students throughout the district.

Readers visited campus libraries and classrooms during the first week of March, which corresponds with Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. The district-wide celebration is spearheaded by Irene Rangel, a first-grade bilingual teacher at Reed Elementary School.

CFISD Board President Dr. John Ogletree Jr. spent March 1 reading to students at Gleason Elementary School, while many others sported their The Cat in the Hat garb and costumes.

“Reading is a fundamental key to unlocking success for all students,” Dr. Ogletree said. “A child who learns to read is empowered to achieve, dream and fulfill his or her greatest potential. Read Across America Day truly was a celebration throughout Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and shows the opportunity for all students.” 

A number of other CFISD representatives and community and business partners read or planned to read to students during the Read Across America celebration:

  • Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools – Kirk Elementary School;
    Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools, reads to students at Kirk Elementary School for the Read Across America celebration on March 1.
    Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools, reads to students at Kirk Elementary School for the Read Across America celebration on March 1.
  • Debbie Blackshear, CFISD Board member – McFee Elementary School;
    CFISD Board Member Debbie Blackshear reads to students at McFee Elementary School for the Read Across America celebration on March 1.
    CFISD Board Member Debbie Blackshear reads to students at McFee Elementary School for the Read Across America celebration on March 1.

  • Bob Covey, CFISD Board vice president – Keith, Lamkin, Sheridan and Swenke elementary schools;

  • Don Ryan, CFISD Board member – Reed Elementary School;
    CFISD Board Member Don Ryan visits with students at Reed Elementary School on March 1. Ryan, who dressed as The Cat in the Hat, was among the numerous CFISD Board members, district staff and business and community partners to read to elementary school students as part of the Read Across America celebration.
    CFISD Board Member Don Ryan visits with students at Reed Elementary School on March 1. Ryan, who dressed as The Cat in the Hat, was among the numerous CFISD Board members, district staff and business and community partners to read to elementary school students as part of the Read Across America celebration.

  • Dianne Jones, Diane Wilkerson, Margaret Brown, Loretta Hrncir and Firmine Stoerkel, Texas State Teachers Association/NEA representatives – Reed Elementary School;

  • Darcy Mingoia, CFISD Board member – Hancock and Tipps elementary schools;
    CFISD Board Member Darcy Mingoia dresses in The Cat in the Hat garb while reading to Hancock Elementary School students on March 4 as part of the annual Read Across America celebration. Mingoia also read to students at Tipps Elementary School.
    CFISD Board Member Darcy Mingoia dresses in The Cat in the Hat garb while reading to Hancock Elementary School students on March 4 as part of the annual Read Across America celebration. Mingoia also read to students at Tipps Elementary School.

  • Dr. John Ogletree Jr., CFISD Board president – Gleason Elementary School;
    CFISD Board President Dr. John Ogletree reads to Gleason Elementary School students on March 1 as part of the annual Read Across America celebration. Ogletree was among numerous CFISD Board members, district staff and business and community partners to read to elementary school students across the district.
    CFISD Board President Dr. John Ogletree reads to Gleason Elementary School students on March 1 as part of the annual Read Across America celebration. Ogletree was among numerous CFISD Board members, district staff and business and community partners to read to elementary school students across the district.

  • Tom Jackson, CFISD Board member – Lowery and Fiest elementary schools;
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    Board member Tom Jackson reads to students at Fiest Elementary School while dressed up as 'The Cat in the Hat' during the campus's Read Across America celebration on March 4. 


  • Darin Crawford, CFISD director of nutrition services – Bane Elementary School;
  • Diana Cervantes, CFISD nutrition services quality assurance and compliance coordinator for schools – Lamkin Elementary School;
  • Emmy Durand, CFISD nutrition services education coordinator – Matzke Elementary School;
  • Becca Qian, CFISD nutrition services field supervisor – Ault Elementary School;
  • Michelle Voelkel, CFISD nutrition services field supervisor – Bang Elementary School;
  • Suzy Hunter, CFISD nutrition services assistant director of human resources – Pope Elementary School; and
  • CenterPoint Energy representatives – Holmsley Elementary School.

Suzy Hunter, CFISD nutrition services assistant director of human resources, reads to Pope Elementary School students on March 1 as part of the annual Read Across America celebration. Hunter was among numerous CFISD Board members, district staff and business and community partners to read to elementary school students across the district.
Suzy Hunter, CFISD nutrition services assistant director of human resources, reads to Pope Elementary School students on March 1 as part of the annual Read Across America celebration. Hunter was among numerous CFISD Board members, district staff and business and community partners to read to elementary school students across the district.

CenterPoint Energy representatives were among the numerous CFISD Board members, district administrators and business partners to participate in Read Across America day on March 1, as they read to students at Holmsley Elementary School.
CenterPoint Energy representatives were among the numerous CFISD Board members, district administrators and business partners to participate in Read Across America day on March 1, as they read to students at Holmsley Elementary School.

In addition to the campus visits and reading, CFISD’s nutrition services department continued an annual tradition of providing green-colored eggs in students’ breakfasts on March 1 as tribute to Dr. Seuss’ famous book, Green Eggs and Ham.

 

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