Sherman students celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday

Francis Osborne
March 4, 2017

About Read Across America ¯Read Across America was born on March 2, 1998.

On a day that would have marked Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel's 113th birthday, Mellette Elementary students spent the afternoon honoring perhaps the world's most influential children's author with a variety of activities. ¯Teachers will design contests, family literacy events and even pajama & pillow days to provide cozy mornings of uninterrupted reading.

Similarly, School Street Principal Sarah Tingley explained, "It's important to engage students during Read Across America Day because it provides another opportunity to view reading as a positive and engaging activity".

They were just a small part of the 11,000 students from more than 65 Sarasota and Manatee county schools who participated in local nonprofits' Embracing Our Differences and the Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading's "Embracing Dr. Seuss' Differences Day".

Sorrell said they were happy to volunteer their time and that reading is the basis for all learning. Amy Forrester and the children's librarians at the Denver Public Library are ready to up your bedtime story game with made-to-checkout, customized book lists. "I play with my toys, but sometimes when it's a rainy day, I read".

On Thursday, pre-K and kindergarten students read "Horton Hears A Who!" and got stickers and reading sticks matching the book.

Registration is not required for the Dr. Seuss birthday celebration.

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Students at Austin Tracy Elementary School listen to Ana Kate Froggett read Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" on Thursday in the school library. The occasion is often celebrated by bringing community leaders into schools to read to children.

"They start asking early in the year, 'are we going to go back to the daycare?'" Carter said.

Josh Kathriner, another 11th-grader reading to a first-grade class at the elementary school, agreed there are benefits of reading fun and interesting stories to young children. "But her mom said, 'No, she's really reading".

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"It highlights the need to read with your child", Matthews said.

By 10:30 a.m. the festivities were done, and students returned to their rooms for more reading fun.

Monday they read 'I Can Read With My Eyes Shut.' Everybody wore a shirt with writing on it. Tuesday they read 'Green Eggs And Ham.' Everybody wore the color green.

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