The wacky and zany children's books by Dr. Seuss have proven to be timeless, and in memory of the creative author, schools across the country celebrate his works on his birthday.
Schools throughout the area were paying tribute to the man who brought us bestselling works like: Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Children at Dunkirk City School 4 and 5 inside Wheelock enjoyed the annual celebration on his birthday, Wednesday, March 2 Dr. Seuss would have been 107 years old.
Wheelock students celebrate Dr. Seuss
"We have done many different things in the past that range from having guest readers to class skits," School 4 administrator Joelle Vanegas said. "This year we decided to join forces and have a Dunkirk Public School 45 event."
Students began by first singing a Black Eyed Peas remix entitled, "Gotta Keep Reading." They then proceeded to read their oath, which focuses on the idea of reading more, and then they were entertained when The Cat in the Hat, or School 5 Reading Teacher Marcella Dolce came out dressed as the Cat in the Hat she read "The Cat in the Hat" for the children.
The elementary schools have and will continue to celebrate Dr. Seuss' 107th birthday this week. Each classroom has been invited to make a Dr. Seuss poster to be hung in the hallway by the library, with each being judged and awarded prizes. On Monday, students and staff were encouraged to wear silly or mis-matched socks; on Tuesday students wore their favorite sunglasses; on Wednesday students wore mixed up clothing; on Thursday students could wear a hat; and today students were asked to wear their favorite sports team shirt.
OBSERVER Photo by Matt Panebianco
The Cat in the Hat, played by School 5 Reading Teacher Marcella Dolce, made a special appearance for School 4 and 5 students in Wheelock on what would have been Dr. Seuss’ 107th birthday.
March 2 was not only celebrated as Dr. Seuss' birthday, but it is paired with the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading.
First Lady Michelle Obama and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel welcomed a star-studded lineup of readers and 400 local schoolchildren to the Library of Congress on Wednesday for the national kickoff of NEA's Read Across America. Several well-known figures made an appearance during the national event to show their support for reading, including: Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; actress Jessica Alba; Super Bowl champion Donald Driver; Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and chefs Carla Hall and Mike Isabella; designer Camila Alves; and actors Bridget Moynahan, Jeffrey Ray Valdez, and Mehcad Brooks; along with journalists Norah O'Donnell and Luke Russert.
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