West Pottsgrove Elementary students posed Friday for a photo with a friend, The Cat In The Hat
This was some birthday party; Dr. Seuss’ friends got to make their own gifts
STOWE PA – If they knocked on your door, and yelled “Let’s read some more!,” what would you do with Thing One and Thing Two?
The answer on Friday (Feb. 28, 2014) at West Pottsgrove Elementary School, Grosstown Road, was to get out the books and join ’em, Principal Terri Koehler reports.
The school’s kindergarten, first and second graders spent a portion of their day celebrating, in advance, the Sunday (March 2) birthday of children’s book author, Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel). That’s also the day set aside by the National Education Association for its annual observance of “Read Across America,” which since 1998 has encouraged reading in all its forms.
Koehler said building reading specialist Marianne Harrison worked with teachers and other staff members to coordinate “a day full of fun activities and opportunities to share the love of reading.”
- Second graders went to read with their younger kindergarten counterparts. One first-grade class also performed a Readers’ Theatre version of Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham,” for a kindergarten class.
- Parent volunteers visited the school and read to classes, helped create crafts, and spent time listening to children read.
- The second grade competed in a turtle-stacking contest that paid homage to another Seuss character, Yertle the Turtle.
“We even had a visit from (Seuss characters) Thing 1 and Thing 2, two of our very creative parents,” Koehler said. Art teacher Joy VanRuler complemented their arrival with a “Cat In The Hat” display so students could have their photos taken as The Cat himself.
The event, Koehler claimed, was “a great way to fight the winter blues!”
There’s no better place to read than down on the floor, where it’s truly comfortable
Dr. Seuss (top left), the hero of the day Friday; reading aloud (bottom left), the purpose of the day; and The Things, who were among the stars of the day
Photos from West Pottsgrove Elementary School
Dr. Seuss’ photo from Google Images