Read Across America

Read Across America

Meet Daniela Kurzynski and Chopin

Second grade teacher Daniel Kurzynski, who teaches at Jefferson Elementary School in Stevens Point, makes reading special for children in the school by including her one-year-old Great Pyrenees, Chopin. The puppy, who will weigh over 100 pounds when full-grown, is in training as a therapy dog and is a great incentive for children to read.

Mrs. Kurzynski explains that when children read to Chopin, they know he enjoys it whether they are struggling readers or excelling. This innovative teacher even takes Chopin’s positive presence a step further, using him as a springboard for writing activities and teaching responsibility.

Mrs. Kurzynski, her students and Chopin (photos below) were joined on March 2 by WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen to celebrate Read Across America!

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WEAC President Ron Martin joined staff and students at Viking Elementary School in Holmen on March 2, 2017, to celebrate Read Across America, the nation’s largest reading event. The National Education Association’s Read Across America, which is celebrated in schools throughout the nation on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, is designed to motivate students to read. The event helps students to master basic reading and comprehension skills and develop a life-long love of reading by making it F-U-N. Read more about Read Across America.

Photos from the Viking School celebration:

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