Holmen's Viking Elementary celebrates Read Across America with Dr. Seuss-themed festivities

Posted March 04, 2017

Outside the library, student artwork and writing related to Dr. Suess was on display.

Lee Police Officer Ben Towne, a Lee Elementary alumnus, returned to the school to surprise his son, Benny, who is in the first grade.

Schaad said this was just one of the many worksheets the students have to do that goes along with their books.

"Essentially, the concept is still the same (as last year)", she said.

Students filled in each top hat tier with a different rhyme to "cat" before they donned their tangible literary creations.

She said the activities grow the students's interest for reading.

"We did one a year ago and to just watch these kids looking at these high school kids".

"We also have books that go along with growing a garden, flower gardens, vegetable gardens and growing trees and plants".

The week will culminate on Friday with visitors from the community coming to School Street to read to students.

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"They're excited to be here and see all the insane, cool things that we do", Hedgecock said. To promote literacy is Read Across America's goal, and books he did read not in part but in whole.

"It's a lot of work, but it's also a lot of fun", she said. "We love to have the parents being here and seeing the awesome stories that Dr. Suess has to offer". It was published post-humously after his wife discovered the manuscript.

"Reading aloud to a child is the single most important thing a caregiver can do to prepare a child for reading and learning", said GGB Principal Erin Waugaman, who noted that numerous pre-K and kindergarten students at her school cannot yet read.

Caleb Jackson, 2, surrounded by parents Lydia and John Jackson, said he was cutting out a fish figure, since his favorite Seuss story was "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish".

"Reading to the kids helps the development of the brain", Flippin said.

Thursday marked Theodor Geisel birthday, and if you don't know who that is then maybe you know him better by his nom de plume: Dr. Seuss.

Staff members dressed in specially made "I am" T-shirts, based on "Green Eggs and Ham", and even as Things 1, 2 and 3. He would have turned 113 years old on Thursday, March 2nd.

Included in the show are examples of sketches, magazine illustrations, pages from his famous books, private paintings, and some of the most delightful taxidermy you'll ever come across. "Let's talk about if you have a pet? Brown Can Moo! Can You?" was presented, and the children used finger puppets inspired by "The Cat in the Hat" to practice counting to five.