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National Read Across America Day Brings out the Best in Oak Mesa Students

March 3, 2011
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Future Presidents: Mrs. Arreguin's group of first graders proved a tough class to stump when asking questions about Abraham Lincoln.

Future Presidents: Mrs. Arreguin's group of first graders proved a tough class to stump when asking them questions about the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

What better way to celebrate Theodore Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) birthday and National Read Across America Day than reading a story about Abraham Lincoln to Mrs. Arreguin’s first grade class at Oak Mesa Elementary in La Verne.

Having just studied up on Honest Abe, the students were more than ready to answer a series of questions about the nation’s 16th president. They knew when he was born (1809) where he was born (Kentucky), where he lived (the White House) and who shot the president (John Wilkes Booth).

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I learned my lesson: Don’t think you’re going to walk into a class of first graders and expect to stump them. I read the marquee upon entering the school, boasting about Oak Mesa’s stratospheric API score of 958.

For answering correctly, the students didn’t receive green eggs or ham, but they did collect pieces of candy, practically emptying the bucket of goodies.

Various community leaders, including La Verne Police Chief Scott Pickwith, fanned out to different classrooms with books tucked under their arms and joy in their hearts at the prospect of sharing with La Verne students the fun and importance of reading!

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