The reading challenge, themed "Feed The Whale With Words," came with a visual reminder that nobody could ignore: A 60-foot, life-size picture of a whale, painted on sheets of paper and pieced together on the gym wall.
"It sums up my idea of the reading challenge," said teacher Steve Byers, coordinator, "everyone had a part of it, and it's beautiful!"
Photo by Christina Holmgren Children of All Nations Dance Group started the celebration Friday, March 4, against a backdrop of a life-size whale representing the size of the reading challenge "Feed the Whale With Words.
"The challenge is of great value on two levels: It brings volunteers into the schools, many of whom remain involved long after the two weeks are over, and it inspires children by connecting them with adults who love to read," said Sybil Jackson, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation.
Photo by Christina Holmgren Dr Seuss fan and assembly member Randy Wanamaker read parts of "Yertle the Turtle."
The total number of reading minutes were computed by math students, and a big, whale-themed celebration was planned to cap it all.
The celebration on Friday, March 4, opened with the Children of All Nations Dance Group doing a welcome dance.
Native story teller Gary Waid told the traditional story of how the killer whale came into existence, and showed the power of storytelling by captivating the audience throughout the fairly long story.
Long time Dr. Seuss fan and Juneau Assembly member Randy Wanamaker, together with Steve Byers, read the beginning of Dr. Seuss' story "Yertle the Turtle," about the prideful turtle king Yertle.
And no matter if they win a national prize or not, Harborview students can count themselves winners for being a group of awesome readers.