Many helped students enjoy DEAR

The Pleasant Avenue School faculty would like to thank the students, the parents and the guest readers who participated in Read Across America Day on March 1.

A special thanks to Deb Ammann, Carm Anagnostopulos, Nancy Spencer and our principal, Jeff Vivenzio, for their efforts. They scheduled, organized and gathered more than 20 guest readers and decorated the hallways of our school with two goals in mind: 1) Read all day long in honor of children’s author Dr. Seuss. 2) Contribute to the nation’s record-setting efforts to complete more than 3,581,992 Accelerated Reader tests in one day. Both goals were accomplished to say the least.

There was a genuine sense of community throughout the day. It started with a kickoff assembly and Mr. Vivenzio, dressed as the Cat in the Hat, reading “Oh, the Places You Will Go!” to pajama-wearing listeners. The students traveled to classrooms to enjoy stories and to participate in crafts and “Seussical” activities. Throughout the day, faces were painted, extra recess time was given, and they even enjoyed cotton candy after lunch. All day long, students took part in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read).

The guest readers varied from Superintendent of Schools Robert DeLilli and Board of Education members, Mark Ward and Kathryn Zajicek, to school district administrators, Mr. Ziomek, Mrs. North, Mr. Beatty, and Mrs. Kilburn. Retired teachers Jane Sitterly, Pat Zullo, Nancy VanDenburgh and Deborah Spraker, read stories to wide-eyed students. The owner of WENT, Jack Scott, and radio personalities Paul Ammann, Steve Savage and Tom Roehl entertained listeners. Other readers included: The publisher of The Leader-Herald, Pat Beck; Miss Fulton County Katelyn Smith; Director of the Johnstown Public Library Erica Wing; Dr. Solby; Jim Westman; Lesa Levin; and Roberta Esposito.

Several parents, including Mrs. Sweeney, Mrs. Lamori, Mrs. Fox, Mrs. Nevins, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Ecker, and Mrs. Buboltz, played a great part of the day. JHS seniors, from Mr. Russo’s Participation in Government class, also assisted with activities.

The faculty appreciated the time taken by all to create such a wonderful opportunity for the Pleasant Avenue students. March 1 was a well deserved chance for students to relax, Dr. Seuss style. They have worked hard this year and have risen to the challenge of meeting new standards. In one day, they completed 518 AR tests, which contributed to the 4,409,622 tests that broke the national record.


For the Pleasant Avenue Elementary?School faculty