Wednesday, April 16, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Birch Lane kids get reading rewards

Teacher-librarian Lynne Sundstrom sprays Birch Lane Principal Kathy Tyzzer's hair blue as the student body watches on the school quad. Tyzzer pledged to go blue if students read 10,000 picture books during February; they surpassed her challenge and read 13,275 picture books. Teacher Brian Bennett also shaved off his beard; he hasn't been clean-shaven in 10 years. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

Birch Lane Elementary School Principal Kathy Tyzzer told students if they read 10,000 picture books during February, she would dye her hair blue.

Teacher Brian Bennett said he would shave off his beard — and he hasn’t gone clean-shaven in 10 years.

Students responded by reading not 10,000 picture books, but by reading 13,275 picture books during the month of February.

So last Wednesday morning, in front of a quad filled with giddy children clutching their favorite picture books, Tyzzer went blue and Bennett clean-shaven.

Students Emily Lin, who read 750 picture books, and Annabel Loomis, who read 275, had the honor of coloring Tyzzer’s hair.

With Tyzzer sitting in a chair, towel draped over her shoulders, the girls took turns spraying the bright blue dye on her. Teacher-librarian Lynne Sundstrom helped finish off the job.

Then it was Bennett’s turn to lather up and shave in front of the excited, cheering students.

“Six hundred people watching was a bit much,” he said afterward.

But it was appreciated.

“The kids were all saying, ‘He looks like a teenager!’ ” said teacher Eileen Keane.

The event marked the conclusion of yet another “Love a Picture Book” month at Birch Lane, which became famous around the world two years ago when the school sent a scroll-like letter to the editor to the New York Times proclaiming their love for picture books.

The letter was in response to an article in the Times that seemed to declare the demise of picture books.

The Times published Birch Lane’s letter in the newspaper, put the whole scroll on the Times website, and declared it “our favorite letter to the editor ever.”

It was later published in newspapers and on blogs and Facebook all over the world.

Since then, every February has become “Love a Picture Book” month at Birch Lane, with students reading as many of their favorites as they can.

No word yet on what next year’s goal will be — or the reward.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

News

 
Frank, Peterman, Davis Bicycles! get us from here to there

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Family fiction in miniature showcased at bookstore event

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Local professor subdues unruly man on flight

By Adrian Glass-Moore | From Page: A3

Rotarians, students, teachers, parents collaborate on planter boxes

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Yolo Crisis Nursery is in crisis; please help

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Meditation, Buddhism classes offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Seniors can get tips for getting around town

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

School has garden plots for rent

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Sugar overload, on ‘Davisville’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Check out the night sky

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Hop to it: Easter Bunny meets Davis history tour

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Garden doctor: Veggie gardening available year-round

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Animal expert explains dogs’ thinking

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Central Park Gardens to host Volunteer Orientation Day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
Are we there yet?: Self-reflections of a would-be stage mom

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A8Comments are off for this post

.

Forum

Urban forest under siege

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Drought care for our trees

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

 
.

Sports

UCD pen allows 19 hits in Causeway rout

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
DHS softball struggles in nonleague outing

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Devils open Boras Classic by splitting games

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
 
JV/frosh roundup: DHS sweeps a trio of baseball games

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Baseball roundup: River Cats get by Grizzlies at Raley

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Sports briefs: Stanford sends Aggies home with a lacrosse loss

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

.

Features

 
.

Arts

See Flower Power exhibit at Gallery 625

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Red Union Blue inks record deal

By Landon Christensen | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Craft Center exhibit explores ‘Possibilities’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

 
RootStock to host wine themed plein aire exhibit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

The California Honeydrops to bring danceable groove to The Palms

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6