“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” –Dr. Seuss
On Thursday morning, April 2, 2015, in commemoration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the Office for Community and Civic Engagement hosted 100 third graders from Rowland Norment Elementary School for its annual Dr. Seuss Reading Party. Approximately 52 UNCP freshmen helped facilitate the event as part of the service-learningcomponent of their ENG 1050 courses led by instructors Deana Johnson and Amy Williams.
Visiting third graders spent the morning in the University Annex Center reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books, making related crafts, and writing their own stories as they rotated in small groups through six stations each led by UNCP students. Activities included: Dr. Seuss Reading circles, a Cat in the Hat Face craft; a Red Fish, Blue Fish, One Fish, Two Fish hands craft; Make Your Own Hat; a Cat in the Hat Toss; Fishing for Words; and Make Your Own Story.
The morning culminated in an exciting whole group game of Simon Says, led by Dalton Hoffer, the CCE Assistant Director of Student Engagement who helped organize the event. Afterwards students finished their visit to UNCP with a lunch of pizza slices, assorted snacks, and cold lemonade made possible by generous donations from Domino’s Pizza of Pembroke, a longtime community partner with UNCP.
In Their Own Words
Reflecting about their service-learning experience, UNCP freshmen observed:
“College students should be able to interact with all ages and this is a way to start. It is important to give back to the community because it shows that we care about it. This will influence the younger generation to do the same.” - Jenny Chompholphakdy
“The children were smart, funny, and creative; their wild imaginations were out of this world. I learned that I can connect with children easier and that they look up to us college students at UNCP.” - Devon Harrison
“I think I had a positive impact with the kids because I showed them that you can have fun with reading.” – Antoine Williamson
“I was very skeptical about what I wanted to major in, but participating in the reading party quickly helped me decide that I want to pursue elementary education. Not only did the children learn, but I learned as well.” – Marquia Jones
“The Dr. Seuss Reading Party was a learning experience not only for the children but also for the volunteers. Children may not notice but adults learn just as much caring for them as they do learning from us.” – Kayla McCarty
“Volunteering at the Dr. Seuss Reading Party was a great experience for me. This also helped me get experience since I plan on working with kids in the future.” - Moses Davis
“Our community has 4 out of 5 adults who cannot read, and it has become our responsibility to be there for these kids. I believe that we did have a positive impact today. The young girls who were there told me that they wanted to grow up to be like me. They wanted to be able to go to college and be as nice as me once they grow up.” – Jada Wallace