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UPDATE: Bridgeport celebrates reading

Lavish asssembly marks National Read Across America Day

Posted: February 28, 2014 2:52 p.m.
Updated: February 28, 2014 5:34 p.m.

Bridgeport Elementary School Principal Susan Bender, dressed as the Cat in the Hat, dances and sings with students during Friday's Read Across America celebration. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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Nearly 1,000 students crammed into Bridgeport Elementary School’s multi-purpose room early Friday to celebrate reading with a lavish assembly that featured costumes, student performers and even a dog jumping through hoops.

It was the 17th anniversary of Read Across America Day, an annual event designed to emphasize to impressionable youngsters the fun and learning opportunities provided through reading.

As always, Dr. Seuss characters were much in evidence. The event concocted by the National Education Association targets March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Bridgeport Principal Susan Bender sports a full Cat in the Hat costume, complete with towering red-and-white-striped headpiece. Two teachers donned the costumes of Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Kids at the Valencia school acted out each book they had read, with one demonstration including girls tumbling and a dog jumping through hoops.

The school’s choir kicked off the assembly.

“This event has grown every year,” said Bridgeport parent Bryan Bender, husband of the principal. “It’s the school’s biggest production so far.”

His two daughters, Jamie and Carly, both fifth-graders, were also a part of the production.

Seventy-five students, 10 teachers and dozens of parents made the special assembly possible, Susan Bender said.

“This assembly is really fun!” said fifth-grader Kayla Cervantes. “My favorite part was when the girls were dancing and when the dog jumped through the hoops. I can’t wait for next year.”




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