Letters Q and U unite on Read Across America Day
March 5, 2012
Watervliet Elementary School was the scene of “quite” an event on Friday, March 2: the wedding of the letters Q and U. The wedding took place on Read Across America Day, a nationwide celebration of reading that also coincides with the birthday of Theodor Geisel—a beloved children's author better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss.
Kindergarten students dressed in their best “queen” and “quarterback” attire attended the "quaint" ceremony uniting the letters Q and U. Kindergarten teachers have been organizing this event annually for the past several years as a creative way to teach students the relationship between the two letters.
As Miss Q and Mr. U stood together before classmates and friends, each vowed to stay together through "quarrels," spelling and reading. The kindergarten justice of the peace then turned to the audience and said that if any students “questioned” why the two letters should not be joined in marriage, they should speak now or forever hold their peace. Hearing no response, Miss Q and Mr. U were “quickly” pronounced “qu” (the sound "kw").
Following the nuptials, the kindergartners were treated to a wedding reception complete with cake and juice courtesy of the elementary school cafeteria.