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Superintendent reads to Eastwood Center Elementary students as part of national reading celebration
3/3/10

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The Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, invites readers to think about all the possibilities ahead. It was the perfect choice for Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe A. Hairston to read to a group of third-graders who have so many educational and life adventures ahead of them.

Dr. Hairston visited Eastwood Center Elementary Magnet School on Wednesday, March 3, to read to teacher Kelly Meyer’s class as part of the school’s celebration of national Read Across America week. This celebration, coordinated by the National Education Association, takes place each year near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

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As he read Wednesday morning, Dr. Hairston paused occasionally to discuss the book’s meanings with his rapt student audience. As he concluded, he plucked a Post-It Note from the back of the book he’d placed there as a reminder, on it the words written “Quiet Confidence.”

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More than anything else, he said, Dr. Seuss’s book teaches us to have quiet confidence in our individual abilities and talents. With that confidence, he said to each of the students, you can go anywhere and be or do anything in life.

In addition to Dr. Hairston, the school invited BCPS administrators – including Dr. John R. Quinn, executive director of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and Lyle Patzkowsky, area assistant superintendent for the Southeast Area – and a local police officer as guest readers throughout the week.

For these special visits, students gather on a rug in a special reading area the school has created in the lobby. After each reading, students return to their classroom to do a follow up writing activity.

After Dr. Hairston’s visit, Meyer’s class wrote about what they want to be and where they want to go when they grow up. The school has promised to send Dr. Hairston copies of the students’ writing projects.

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A small school, with just about 200 students, Eastwood Center Elementary Magnet School serves students who live in Dundalk, Essex, Middleborough, Bowley’s Quarters, Middlesex, Chase, Edgemere, Middle River, Hawthorne, Sparrows Point, and Fort Howard.

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Eastwood’s focus as an environmental science magnet is to provide a hands-on/minds-on approach to instruction that integrates science, math, and technology across the curriculum. Eastwood’s facility includes a computer lab, science lab, portable TV studio, and school-yard habitat garden to enhance student learning. Students participate in special programs and activities such as science investigations utilizing a school-yard habitat garden, extracurricular science club, and the environmental fair.

Story by Diana L. Spencer, communications officer, Office of Communications. Photos by Charles Herndon, communications specialist, Office of Communications.
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