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Read Across America Student Contest

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on or near March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can, too!

Read Across America also provides DSEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year, to motivate children to read and generate new enthusiasm for reading.

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2017 Student Contest

2017 Book Focus: “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt

Theme: Resolving Conflict

In The Day the Crayons Quit, Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!  Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.  What is Duncan to do?  

We asked students to show us, either through a poster, video, or in an essay what they believe is the best way to resolve a conflict.

2017 Contest Winners



Grand Prize Winner:

  • Tasmeyah Rahman, Gallaher Elementary (Christina SD)

K-3 Poster Contest:

  • 1st- Ethan Fink, Townsend Elementary (Appo SD)
  • 2nd- Abigail Mertzlufft, Welch Elementary (Caesar Rodney SD)
  • 3rd- Maddy Clagett, W.B. Simpson Elementary (Caesar Rodney SD) 

4-8 Poster Contest:

  • 1st-  Jimena Zavala-Villagomez, Gallaher Elementary, (Christina SD)
  • 2nd-  Sarah Graveline, Hanby Elementary (Brandywine SD)
  • 3rd-  Elyssa Nabung, Gallaher Elementary (Christina SD)

​4-8 Video Contest:

  • 1st-  Sam Caplan, Xander White, Dayne Murray, Mt. Pleasant Elementary (Brandywine SD)
  • 2nd- Jill Szymanski’s class “This is How We Roll” Brandywine Springs School (Red Clay Consolidated SD) - Catie Cole Avery Kucharski, Lilly Killen, Megan Carp, Samantha Binder, Meghan Kirker, Kenny Hua, Gianna Berenato, Mallory Murphy, Madison Maley, Samanatha Whiteman, Aidan O’Bryan
  • 3rd- Jill Szymanski’s class “Enemies to Frenemies” Brandywine Springs School (Red Clay Consolidated SD) - Jocie Mattix, Callie Cunningham, Colin Tjaden, Ellie Brown, Margot Kuenne

 9-12 Video Contest:

  • 1st-  Shanann Schmal’s class – Destiny Bailey, Arika Burrell, Payton Colvin, Jada Dixon, Brittany Furroughs, Brooke Glanden, Stacy Haberman, Mary Hammond, Elle Harden, Ashley Harris, Maranda Helwig, Mackenzie Hylton, Eyevett Lovett, Haley Manchester, Taylor Medler, Jamir Moore, Samantha Mosley, Caitlin O’Brien, Xavier Owens, Yasmine Rowley, Cassidy Rule, Lauren Sharp- Lake Forest High School (Lake Forest SD)  
  • 2nd - Sarah Donald’s Class- Brittany Reese, Brandon Oliver, Tyra Eskridge, Kevin Williams- Sussex Consortium (Cape Henlopen SD)


Winning Video Entries

Sam Caplan, Xander White, Dayne Murray, Mt Pleasant Elementary, CLICK HERE

Jill Syzmanski’s Class, Brandywine Springs “This is How We Roll,” CLICK HERE 

Jill Syzmanski’s Class, Brandywine Springs “Enemies to Frenemies,” CLICK HERE 

Shanann Schmal’s class, Lake Forest High School, CLICK HERE 

Sarah Donald’s Class, Sussex Consortium, CLICK HERE   

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NEA Read Across America 2017

There are all kinds of resources available to you for Read Across America (RAA).  [Click Here] to go to the NEA website and have your students take the NEA RAA pledge, download free visual aids, or learn how to plan your very own RAA reading event.

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