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Dr. Seuss Day coming to Manteca Unified

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POSTED February 21, 2009 4:59 a.m.
Dr. Seuss Day is coming.

For the past 12 years, the National Education Association sponsors Read Across America in celebration of the birthday of beloved children’s author Theodor Geisel, who was born on March 2, 1904.

Several Manteca Unified sites will be among the thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participating in this day designed to motivate youngsters to read.

Throughout the day, special guests consisting of community members, retired teachers, and county, district and city officials, to name a few, will be invited to the school sites to read to students.

“Individual classroom teacher are contacting their own special readers to go to the classrooms,” said Nora Foerhinger, who is the librarian and organizer of Dr. Seuss Day at Shasta School.

In the past, she’s kicked off the day by serving breakfast to her readers, with the menu often consisting of green eggs and ham in honor of the popular Dr. Seuss book. The Manteca Unified’s Nutrition Services has also served up the special breakfast concoction at several sites.

“This year we are doing things a little differently,” Foerhinger said.  “We will be celebrating with donuts and juice for all classes in the morning.

“The teachers will be reading Dr. Seuss or other stories to the classes while they enjoy their treat. “

In addition, the Cat in the Hat – the Dr. Seuss trademark character – along with the Reading Dragon will make special appearances.

The Reading Dragon, by the way, represents over 13 million words that were read by second- through- sixth- grade students.

For more information, contact your local school site or Manteca Unified, (209) 825-3200.

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