Pilot Butte Elementary: More Than 23,000 Books Read/Dr. Seuss Activities [PHOTOS]

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Pilot Butte Elementary, 5th and 6th Grade Building, hosted a variety of activities for Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s Birthday.

10,000 Book Challenge

During the month of February, students at Pilot Butte Elementary were challenged to read 10,000 books school-wide. The purpose was to encourage reading, any length or reading level of book, short or long.

Beginning each week, the leading classroom proudly displayed the “Traveling Dr. Seuss trophy” in their room. Ms. Kelsey Johnson’s class led the first three weeks, and the last week’s leader was Mrs. Even’s class.

The winner of the 10,000 Book Challenge was Mrs. Even’s class. The class concluded with a grand total of 18,575 books.

The total number of books read during the month was 23,246.

The following activities were scheduled for the week of  February 26th through March 2nd:


Ms. Johnson and student with socks and shirt with words (Photo Provided by Pilot Butte Elementary)

Monday – “Read My Shirt Day -Students were encouraged to wear an appropriate shirt with words.  The school’s PTSO provided Dr. Seuss pencils which they received from their teacher.

Tuesday – “Stripes Day” -Students were invited to wear as many striped pieces of clothing as they could.  Teachers wore their striped Dr. Seuss hats provided by the PTSO.

Wednesday – “PJ, Pillow, and Favorite Read-A-Thon Day”-Students and staff were allowed to wear pajamas and bring in their pillow and favorite book.  Teachers provided students with a silent reading time throughout the day.

Heidi Schuler and Heather Luxmoor cooking green Eggs and ham (Photo provided by Pilot Butte Elementary)

Thursday – “Buddy Class Read Day”- 5th and 6th grade teachers paired up and students read to other students in the two classes at the end of the day.  Their two classes also dressed alike for the day.

Friday – “Sock Day” -Students wore fun or crazy socks.  The students and staff were provided cupcakes to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by the PTSO.  Oranges were provided to students who could not consume cupcakes. Pilot Butte Elementary principal, Mrs. Dickman, dressed as Cat in the Hat and visited the classrooms during the day.


At the end of Friday, the students earned a “Sock Hop” for filling the PAWS container with Paws tickets for practicing good behavior.  The PBIS team provided a DJ and music for the students to dance. The 5th graders went for the first 30 minutes, and the 6th graders went the last 30 minutes.  During this time, the classes listened to the “Cat in the Hat” read a story.

Chris Will and Jen Atkinson present to students at Pilot Butte Elementary School (Photos provided by Pilot Butte Elementary)

On Friday, March 2nd, students and staff attended a presentation by two members from the community in the library.  The two presenters were Chris Will from Western Wyoming College — “How to make reading come alive” and local author, Jen Atkinson — “How to start expressing yourself and exploring your imagination through writing.”