Moose Jaw guests read childhood favourites at Prince Arthur CS
The community presenters involved in Prince Arthur Community School's guest reader day were as excited at least as much as their audience.
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Times-Herald reporter Austin M. Davis reads from Dr. Seuss' And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street at Prince Arthur Community School Tuesday. Davis was one of 25 community guests to read to students of the school.
"It's always fun, being in a classroom with the kids and being able to sit down and read a story with them, and seeing how they respond to what we have to offer," said Kyle Sereda, CEO of the Moose Jaw and District EMS. "Today is a great opportunity for that."
Sereda was one of 25 high-profile community members to participate in the event. Others in attendance included MLA Greg Lawrence (Moose Jaw-Wakamow), city councillor Brian Swanson, Sgt. Cliff Froehlich with the Moose Jaw Police Service, and Times-Herald reporter Austin M. Davis.
Each guest was invited to bring their favourite book from childhood, to read that story to groups of students and discuss how it resonated with them.
At the end of the event, each presenter drew a student's name to win a copy of the book they read.
Sereda's book of choice was a classic: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
"Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss?" he said. "It's a tongue-twister, but it's a good book.
"The message that I like people to look at in the book is to not be scared to do new things," added Sereda. "You never know what you'll like. I was always told to do something that scares you every day to really get a sense of life, and this is a great book that reinforces that."
Matt Dominguez was also among the guests, reading "the book that was given to (his) son when he was first born" — You Are Special by Max Lucado.
"This is a good opportunity to get out in the community and show that reading is cool," he said.
Dominguez said he enjoyed the book because it highlights the importance and value of diversity.
"There's differences within the individuals in the book, just as there are differences out here, with us," he said. "What I feel is that everybody who hears the book will be able to connect to it. I think that's the biggest thing."
Dominguez also praised the diversity among the guest presenters.
"We're diverse. We work in different areas of business, and everybody's reading different books," he said. "The kids are going to get a real cross-section of literature and it's going to be good for them."