Clarke N. Johnsen Junior High School

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Leadership Matters- The Importance of Reading

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, students across Tooele County School District participated in a variety of Seuss themed activities ranging from dressing up as Dr. Seuss characters to making up silly rhymes.

At Middle Canyon Elementary, students participated in the school's annual event, “Juice with Seuss.” Parents and guardians are invited to the school to listen to their students read while enjoying muffins and juice with their child.

Multiple parents and siblings attended the event this year and volunteer teachers from Mountain Heights Academy read with first graders in the Spanish Dual Language Immersion class. Middle Canyon Elementary facilitated the parent/child reading experience with the hope it would carry over as a habit at home.

According to John T. Guthrie, a researcher and scholar in student motivation as it relates to literacy, reading is the best predictor of future educational achievement and life success. It is imperative that students not only read at school but also read with their parents or guardians. Research has also shown a direct connection between reading well and future job success.  

We believe teachers and parents can work together to help students not only learn to read, but also, learn to love reading. Reading helps students obtain the fundamental building blocks to achieve their highest potential. Literacy opens doors and enables each child the chance to learn and understand even more about the world they live in.

As Dr. Seuss put it, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

With everyone’s help, our children can begin a life-long relationship with the printed word. Our hope is that they grow into adults who read easily and frequently for a rich-reading life wherever their path may take them.

Principal Jerri Sagers

Middle Canyon Elementary School