Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss

Area schools plan celebrations around reading


Sam likes green eggs and ham. He would eat them in a boat. And he would eat them with a goat.

The question is, would he eat them in a school cafeteria?

Students at four Moffat County schools won't have a choice. Green eggs and ham are on the hot lunch menu today.

Today marks what would have been the 101st birthday of children's book author Dr. Seuss.

Students in first through sixth grades will celebrate with a special lunch.

The popular author's birthday is the focal point of Read Across America -- a week dedicated to encouraging students to read.

"It's a chance to celebrate reading and show students the value of reading," Craig Intermediate School literacy coordinator Deb Frazier said."

Throughout the school district, students will be celebrating by wearing themed clothes (slippers for "slip into a good book day"), decorating classroom doors and baking cakes to look like book covers.

"It's just fun ways to remind kids that reading is valuable and can be enjoyable," Frazier said.

Today at CIS, students will read Dr. Seuss' "Star Belly Sneetch" and chose a star with another students name on it where they'll write what they admire about that student.

"I think Dr. Seuss is a childhood favorite," Frazier said. "When you get to read him at this age, it brings back pleasant memories of reading."

Members of the Moffat County High School varsity girls swim team, the varsity girls and boys basketball teams and the two wrestlers who placed at state will be at Ridgeview Elementary School today to read to students.

"The kids are pretty excited about it," Library Media Assistant Sandy Buckner said.

"These are heroes to these kids. I have a little boy who's dying to meet Scott Garoutte."

Students in Matt Ray's physical education class will hear the first part of a story and then create their own ending on posters, Buckner said.

"It's to get everyone excited about reading -- everyone across America," she said.

Some schools are hosting book trades. Sunset Elementary School was able to purchase a new book for every student.

Earlier this week, students brought in as many as five used books. They'll trade their books for ones other students brought in and each get a new one.

"It's just putting books in kids' hands," said Charlotte Mason, Sunset Elementary School literacy coordinator.

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