Education column: Seuss honored at Literacy Night

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools

One car, two cars, blue car, red car

Everywhere I look there are cars, cars, cars

Could you, would you eat hotdogs and chips at school?

Yes, I could and would eat hotdogs and chips at school.

Okay, so it is a feeble attempt at writing like Dr. Seuss, but I did it because I was so inspired by my visit last week to Sandia Elementary School.

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it was Literacy Day in the U.S. and it was Family Literacy Night at Sandia Elementary School. Right away, I knew this was going to be an exciting evening, as I could not find a parking spot and it was after 5 p.m.

Thanks to the efforts of the Literacy Night Committee, chaired by Jimmy Marez, not to mention all of the staff and parent volunteers, Sandia’s family night was phenomenal.

Of course, we know if there is food, people will come, and they did. Over 470 people responded to an early invitation, but even more actually attended.

Once families entered the school, they were met by an eager group of students and Sandia staff who guided them to the cafeteria where free hotdogs, chips and drinks were provided to everyone. The building was buzzing with excitement about the decorations, student work, and events planned for the evening.