Story from:

Rachel Lawrence, Multnomah County

One year I read with a 2nd grade boy named Rico. He was quiet and reserved and was new to the school still trying to make friends. One of those ‘tough guys’ that tried to maintain a cool composure and make sure he was impressing the rest of the students. He loved to read Dr. Seuss books and really thrived and lit up when we read them. One day, we read three or four complete Dr. Seuss books. At the end of our reading session I counted up the number of pages he had read that day. 127! He could hardly believe it, and to this day I have never witnessed a child bursting with more pride. Everyone he saw, he jumped up and down with excitement his fist pumping up and down in the air, and by the time we walked back to his classroom he had exclaimed ” Guess what?? I read 127 pages today!” loudly to no less than 20 students and teachers we passed. High fives were given all around and the smile on his face was truly priceless.

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