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March 11, 2012

School celebrates Seuss’ birthday with read-a-thon

SELLERSBURG — Silver Creek Primary School recently completed a read-a-thon with a goal of reading each day in the month of February.

Read Across America is an annual reading awareness program that asks every child to celebrate reading on March 2. This year’s nationwide theme was “Going Green with The Lorax.”

The entire school participated in Drop Everything and Read [DEAR] in the morning for 10 minutes the week of Feb. 27 through March 2. West Clark Superintendent Monty Schneider started the week by reading “The Cat in the Hat.” Throughout the week there were several reading events and guest speakers who read their favorite Dr. Seuss books to students.

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2, the students were able to dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss character. Teresa Guthrie, West Clark school board member, read “Green Eggs and Ham” to students as they ate green eggs and ham severed for breakfast by the cafeteria staff. For lunch they had Dr. Seuss birthday cake.

Lisa Burgess, cafeteria manager, said her staff served 230 children. They also gave 55 meals to Rock Creek Academy. A total of 16 large cakes were made with different Dr. Seuss characters designed on them.

 “We were scrambling to get enough eggs,” Burgess said. “At first the kids didn’t like the idea of green eggs and ham but they ended up eating way more than we expected.” She said they went through 20 pounds of scrambled eggs.

 “I didn’t eat the green eggs and ham because I didn’t want to,” said Tristan Winstead, a student in Heidi Sellers’ kindergarten class. “I didn’t know what they would taste like.”

He said his favorite book is “The Cat in the Hat.” The best part for him about this week was Wacky Wednesday.

Ella Haynes and Mason Cain were both dressed up as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters along with several other students. Ella was Thing One. Cain was dressed as the cat in the hat. “My nana made my outfit for me,” Mason said.

Sellers said she keeps her room decorated with Dr. Seuss all year.

“I have all of the 44 books listed on the back of each Dr. Seuss book,” Sellers said. During the week her students listened to more than 10 Dr. Seuss books.

Each day different crafts were done relating to Dr. Seuss. Students made birthday cards, puppets, and they did their spelling test on a cut-out of “The Cat in the Hat.” The students were also able to play games such as 1 Fish, 2 Fish, Go Fish.

“They know the books,” Sellers said. “Some of the students are able to read some of books such as ‘The Foot Book’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham.”’

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