Reading Month celebrated in Baldwin

BALDWIN – March is National Reading Month and celebration of the nationwide ‘happening’ has trickled down to the Baldwin Community Schools.

The district has been advocating reading out loud in all elementary school classes and has had guest readers come in and read to elementary school students.

Last week, the reader was Baldwin Community Schools Superintendent Stiles Simmons who spent three days reading to students.

Monday, a guest reader was state Sen. Darwin Booher, (R-Evart), reading to kindergarten and first grade classes.

Reading Month is celebrated across the entire country, with the official kick-off being held on March 2 as “Read Across America Day,” celebrating the birthday of famed children’s author, Theodor ”Dr. Seuss” Geisel.

Reading out loud is something that is very important to children, Booher said.

“If you have had children who have graduated from public schools, you know how important reading is to all of us,” Booher said. “I have six grandchildren and their number one (activity) is reading. The emphasis we need to put on reading and how important it is - that is why I do this.”

Booher gave both classes the option of picking the story he read and they both chose “Fox in Sox” by Dr. Seuss. That choice tripped the senator up a little bit, since he had no prior experience reading the tongue-twisting story to students.

“That was the first time I’ve read this book to the kids who picked it,” he said. “It’s a pretty tough book to read.”

Reading to a first-grade class was a chance for Simmons to step out from his role as an administrator and “have a little fun.”

“As a superintendent and as an educator in general, I am an avid reader,” Simmons said. “I advocate for reading. I believe in reading.”

Before his current job as superintendent, Simmons served as a reading first literacy coach in Detroit.

“We all know how crucial and critical reading is to the success of our students,” he said.

“If our students are able to read, they are able to do many other things.”