It was a Seuss-filled day at Central Christian Academy Friday. The school and community came together on Dr. Seuss' birthday to celebrate the importance of reading.
March 2, Dr. Seuss' birthday, is celebrated nationwide as Read Across America Day where "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."
This year CCA hosted former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey, who read "I'm not going to get up today!" by Dr. Seuss.
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Current Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce was also on hand and read "I can read with my eyes shut" by Dr. Seuss to the students.
Upon hearing the title of the book one child didn't think it could be done.
"That's tricky," he said. "You can't even see the words."
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Top: Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce appeared at Central Christian Academy Friday to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading one of his books.
Above: Children listen attentively to the story.
As the book describes different ways the Cat in the Hat can read Dolce read, "You can learn to make doughnuts, mmm."
One student responded, "But they're not good for us, right?"
Dolce told the students being a teacher before becoming mayor has helped him in city hall.
He said he admired the 'Cat in the Hat' hats the kindergarten class made and wore during the reading. He joked he would have to make one for himself back at city hall.
This event has been held at CCA for about 10 years.
First-grade teacher Lisa Glasier organized the event this year where, in addition to Dolce and Frey's reading, parents and community members also came in to read to the students. The children got to enjoy green eggs and ham as well as cake and ice cream to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday.
"The day emphasizes the importance of reading and bringing the community together," Glasier said. "We have done this for about 10 years now and the kids love it.
"The community has been so supportive. It is always a success."