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Dermott Elementary Celebrated Dr. Seuss' Birthday

On Friday, March 2, 2012, Dermott Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss' Birthday with a combination of the National Education Association's "Read Across America" and Renaissance Learning's "Read the Most from Coast to Coast".  "Read Across America" encouraged adults to read with children.  "Read the Most from Coast to Coast" encouraged students to take as many AR Quizzes as possible in one day to shatter the one-day record for Accelerated Reader Quizzes taken.  Last year's record was 2,177,586.  This year, students from coast to coast took 3,581,992.

Each homeroom was read to by a community member.  Community members who served as readers were registered as official readers and served with refreshments compliments of the Dermott Education Association.  Each reader received a name tag shaped like Dr. Seuss' hat and a certificate from NEA.  Readers were Desiree' Nimmer, Jewel Grant, Eric Evans Sr., Lee Brown, Jo Ann Starnes, Cattie Mae Lemley, Marvastine Nichols, Gail Young, Andy Brannon, Lucan Hargraves Sr., Bobby Franklin, and Ricky Lattimore.

Students were encouraged to read books and take Accelerated Reader Quizzes throughout the day.  Each time a student passed a quiz, he or she brought their quiz report to the media center where the student received a small prize and was placed in a drawing for larger prizes that were given away at the end of the day.  Prizes were 7 - $10 gift cards to Fred's donated by Simmons Bank, 4 - $5 gift cards to Fred's donated by Simmons Bank, 3 - $5 gift cards donated by Dermott Education Association, 14 - $7 gift certificates to Willy's donated by 1st Service Bank, 7 - $5 gift certificated to the school store donated by the Media Center.

The teacher with the highest percentage of students testing was also awarded a $10 gift card to Fred's donated by Simmons Bank.  The teacher was Amy Barnes.  Mrs. Barnes tested 653% of her 1st grade students.  Her students passed 101 of 111 quizzes taken that day.

Dermott Elementary set a goal of 200 AR quizzes for this celebration.  We surpassed this goal by 10:30 that morning.  Students at Dermott Elementary School took a total of 553 quizzes, passing 479 of them.  We are extremely proud of our students.

The faculty and staff of Dermott Elementary hopes that we made March 2nd a day that our students and community will remember.

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