Dr. Seuss remembered during events
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” This quote, from “Oh, the Places You Will Go” by Dr. Seuss, was surely read numerous times at schools across America recently. The tales of Seuss have been enjoyed by kids of all ages, with some of his stories even becoming movies.
With March 2 being Read Across America Day, as well as Seuss’ birthday, many celebrated the day by reading his work.
The celebration began in 1997 and was decided to take place on Seuss’ birthday as he was an author read by many parents, teachers and children. The day started as a way to spark interest in reading. That interest is primarily fostered through schools and libraries, which hope to get kids interested in reading and education through books.
North Harrison Elementary School celebrated a couple of days ahead of the actual event, on Feb. 28.
Belinda Seacat, a Title I and Reading Lab teacher at the school, who helped organize the event, explained that they use the day to build community inside and outside of the school.
“We invite some members from the community or some family members into the school to read to small groups,” Lisa Jones, the school’s principal, said. “We also allow some of our older students to come to the younger grade hallways to read to those students, too. We have books prepared for every group to choose from to read.”
North Harrison Elementary also gave each student their own book, paid for by the school’s PTO funds.
On March 2, South Central Elementary School celebrated the day. The elementary school hosted a Literacy Night event at the school from 4:30 to 7. As visitors walked in the front door, they were immersed into a Dr. Seuss world. Teachers had decorated the hallways, the doors and the inside of their classrooms to look like they would be found in the scenes of everyone’s favorite Dr. Seuss’ books.
Regina Cory, a second-grade teacher at SCES, took the reins on the project and helped organize how the events would be laid out. Each student in attendance was to receive a sheet of paper when they walked in with a chart of tasks they were supposed to mark off. Once a student visited a classroom and took part in the activity, they could mark off that station on their list.
Some of the activities were a matching game, coloring and even building a city out of used materials like cereal boxes or toilet paper rolls. Once the student marked off each activity, they could return the sheet and be entered to win something from the book fair that was happening in another room.
The school also offered a meal in the cafeteria so families could spend the evening at the school and not have to worry about finding time to cook dinner.
Cory said they had hoped to make it as simple for parents as possible so that everyone was able to enjoy the night together.
The night ended with Sara Deatrick, from the Elizabeth branch of the Harrison County Public Library, reading “The Foot Book,” “The Wonky Donkey” and “The Dinky Donkey” to the students in attendance in the gymnasium.
“We just wanted everyone to be able to have a good time, without having to worry or stress about anything,” Cory said. “It’s just as fun for us teachers to decorate and see the kids excited as it is fun for the students to participate. We were nothing but happy to put on this event.”