Students in Mrs. (Janel) Travis's fifth grade class at West Elementary participated in "Read Around the Planet" on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

"Read Around the Planet" is a celebration of the National Education Association's Read Across America.

Mrs. Travis's classroom used interactive video to connect with a fifth grade classroom from the Washington D.C. area. The class shared a presentation about Newcomerstown, stories about themselves and were able to ask questions of the other students about Washington D.C. The two classes are making plans to connect via interactive video later this school year.