Phantoms visit Dobbins for Read Across America


Neighbors | Grace Wyler .The Youngstown Phantoms visit Dobbins Elementary School for the National Education Association's annual Read Across America Day March 2.


Neighbors | Grace Wyler .Phantoms players Tom Serratore and Jiri Sekac visit Mrs. DiMuzio's fourth-grade class for Read Across America Day at Dobbins Elementary School Mar. 2.


Neighbors | Grace Wyler .First-grade students Kevin Kushner and Halle Sebest present Phantoms player Luke Eibler with a Read Across America certificate during the Phantoms' visit to Dobbins Elementary School Mar. 2.


Neighbors | Grace Wyler .Dave Donnellan of the Youngstown Phantoms reads Dr. Suess' "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut" to Mrs. Aikens first-grade class at Dobbins Elementary School.


Neighbors | Grace Wyler .Kindergarten students listen to a story read by Phantoms player Adam Berkle during Read Across America Day at Dobbins Elementary School Mar. 2.


Students at Dobbins Elementary School learned how fun reading can be when local celebrities from across America — and the Czech Republic — visited the school for Read Across America Day.

Dobbins hosted 11 players from the Youngstown Phantoms hockey team as celebrity guest readers for the national event, which takes place Mar. 2 in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

“The Phantom hockey players were the highlight of our Read Across America celebration this year,” Cheryl Borovitcky, the school’s principal, said. “Our students were full of excitement as they welcomed these readers into our classrooms.”

Each of the classrooms at Dobbins hosted a hockey player for the afternoon. The Phantoms read books and later answered the students’ questions.

“It’s amazing to see you holding a book and reading,” Borovitcky told the Phantoms. “There is real value in what you do.”

The players talked about what it is like to be a student and a player. Many of the visitors emphasized the importance of reading and working hard, both in school and on the rink.

“The hockey players served as great literacy role models for the children at Dobbins,” Borovitcky said. “They really made a lasting impression on our young readers.”

Read Across America is an annual event that encourages communities across the country to motivate young readers and raise awareness about the importance of reading.

All of the classrooms at Dobbins dedicated the first week of March to a celebration of reading.

In addition to the celebrity reader appearance, reading activities included a Green Eggs and Ham Day in the first grade, kindergarten students’ re-enactments of Dr. Seuss’ stories, and book sharing in the fourth-grade classrooms.

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