Who says, we say, it's time to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday

By Jeannie Lopez

On March 2, students across the nation celebrated Dr. Seuss 101st birthday by joining the National EducationsAssociation with its 8th annual Read Across America Day.

The NEA asked that everyone honor the good doctor and value reading my bringing a nation of readers together under one hat, the famous red and white stovepipe hat, of the Cat in the Hat. Schools throughout the foothill area participated in this event by inviting the community to come out and read to the students in their districts.

At Lincoln Elementary in Exeter Mayor Charlie Norman came out to Kathy McDaniels class to read a Dr.Seuss book to her class. The students then worked on a Dr.Seuss packet filled with Dr.Seuss word searches, connect the dots and math activities: all part of the educational standards of the school.

In Shivon Lavely's first grade class at Lincoln the students celebrated by listening to the popular Dr. Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham read by parent Shonda Dougherty. Shortly after, students had a chance to take part in different activities like cooking green eggs and ham and playing green eggs and ham tic-tac-toe.

At J.E. Hester School in Farmersville students from Hester and George L. Snowden school attended an assembly for Read Across America Day that celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday in many ways. A Cat in the Hat impersonator came out to the school and encouraged the students to read, read, read.

"It's awesome to see kids get inspired to read" said Jose Contreras, counselor for Deep Creek Academy High School and volunteer Cat in the Hat impersonator.

Later Farmersville Junior High students put on a skit titled 'Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!' with student participation. The assembly ended with teacher and staff reading and acting out the parts of the story book, 'Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?'

"We have 60 guests reading every 15 minutes making sure the kids know the fun and excitement of reading" Hester principal Gary Carter, said.

At Rocky Hill Elementary in Exeter, in Charlotte Mehrten's class, Vice Principal Roel Marroquin read 'What are you so grumpy about' to the fourth- grade students in their pajamas. Mehrten's class thought it would be fun to wear pajamas that day to feel relaxed to read books all day. Mehrten classroom was Marroquin last visit to read to students at Rocky Hill. He had been going class to class trying to read as many books as he could to observe Read Across America Day.

"This event is pretty good, kids get to hear adults read to them" said, Marroquin. "I love this reading day because you get to take off your shoes and listen to stories" Rocky Hill student Jennifer Garcia, said.

Dr Seuss birthday with Read Across America was a great day for children to understand how fun reading can be. With the support of the schools Dr. Seuss was brought alive once again on his 101st birthday to all students and youth.

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