The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Danville Alumnae chapter, sponsored a Dr. Seuss reading challenge at Sinai Elementary in Halifax and Union Hall Elementary in Chatham.

The challenge, which kicked off in January, promoted reading. Each classroom was challenged to read 200 books by Feb. 28 .

Dr. Seuss was instrumental by creating books that allowed reading to be fun. His children’s books like “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham” were some of his most famous works. Dr. Seuss had a quest to develop and mentor children to be successful leaders. 

The Arts and Letter Committee of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sponsored the reading challenge. The goal of the committee is to promote individual and community awareness of the various fields and artist endeavors; to encourage the development of individual and collective skills in the liberal arts; to showcase those who possess talents which contribute to an increased sensitivity and an appreciation of the beauty around us; and to support those organizations who foster artistic and related disciplines. 

On March 4, the local chapter members of Halifax County, visited Sinai Elementary and awarded the top winners.

Winners were as follows:

• Kindergarten: Evelyn Tutor, Kristian Hodges, Gabrielle Mitchell, Noah Price, Noah Fears and Malijah Woody.

• First grade: Jeremiah Womack, Tyran Brown, Kaliliyah Thaxton and Lucas Richart

• Second grade: Austin Anderson, Jayvan Medley, Kenlee Price and Josiah Daniel

• Third grade: Ja’Keria Lee, Nijila Jennings, Jacob Worsham and Demaje Barskdale  

• Fourth grade: Madison Williamson, Chloe Miller, Nathan Hudson and Langston Chism-Foy.

• Fifth grade: Aiyanna Chappell and Jadelynn Hediger

• Special Needs: Bryson Hall, Jasmine Conner, Douqon Logan, Jah’zelle Venable, Serenity Young and Jaylen King.

Sandy Francis’  third grade class was rewarded as the top classroom. Her classroom read 397 books collectively. The classroom received a Dr. Seuss party package.  All top readers received a reading certificate and a Dr. Seuss gift bags filled with school supplies. The sorority also donated four Dr. Seuss books to the school library.

Francis also was awarded a Dr. Seuss Lesson Plan for successfully leading her classroom through the challenge. 

Principal Dawn Miller said the children were extremely motivated to read. This challenge definitely expanded the scope of Dr. Seuss Day and supports his philosophy. 

Local members of Delta Sigma Theta, Danville Alumnae include Lisa Sykes Winstead, Tonja Roberts, Sallie Roberts, Essie Richardson, Lauretta Martin, Sharon Medley, Nettie Simon-Owens, Sharmaine Edmunds and Shirley Wyatt. 

Due to the success of the Dr. Seuss Challenge, the sorority plans to extend the reading program until the end of the school year.

Delta Sigma Theta will continue to create programs for the children of Halifax County, said sorority member Winstead.

“We wish to expand the reading challenge to additional schools in the 2019-2020 school year,” she said, noting plans are in the works for the following programs: poetry contest, literacy contest and a parent/student empowerment program.