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Dr. Seuss Day: Green eggs, ham & reading

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Dr. Seuss Day: Green eggs, ham & reading

The Shasta School Reading Dragon along with several Cat in the Hat characters and Stinger, the school mascot, made the rounds during Read Across America celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin/


POSTED March 3, 2009 4:27 a.m.
Eighth-grade student Obeulio Montepeque created the paper machete Reading Dragon with balloons, cups, and anything he could get his hands on.
“If it wasn’t taped down, he used it,” said Nora Foerhinger, who is the retiring librarian and organizer of Dr. Seuss Day also entitled Read Across America at Shasta School.
The result was an eight-legged character – Montepeque and three of his classmates operated the Reading Dragon – joined by the Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat and Stinger, the Hornet mascot of the school.
The Reading Dragon, by the way, represents the over 12 million words that were read by second- through sixth-grade students during the past three weeks.
“Right now, we’re up to 16 million words and are hoping to soon achieve 20 million (words) for our Reading Counts program,” Foerhinger said on Monday.
For the past 12 years, the National Education Association has paid tribute to the birthday of beloved children’s author Theodor Geisel, who is best known as Dr. Seuss.
He was born on March 2, 1904.
Thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participated in this day designed to motivate youngsters to read.
Many did a little of the extras to celebrate the day.
At Brock Elliott School, for example, students were served a breakfast concoction made possible by Manteca Unified’s Nutrition Services of green eggs and ham as a tribute to children-favorite Dr. Seuss book.
Along with a special visit by another Dr. Seuss character, Cat in the Hat, those at Brock Elliott had a chance to once again meet author Lisa Widdess.
She also used Dr. Seuss Day to read two of her books – “Cutie Browne Gets a New Bestest Friend” and “Cutie Browne Plants a Big Patch of Fun” – aloud to students in the various grade levels.
Peggy Rector was another special guest of the school. She was the first-ever principal at Brock Elliott, from 1989 until her retirement in 2001.
Rector came as a guest of third-grade teacher Barbara LeGrange, who has been the Read Across America organizer at the school for the past 12 years.
Rector read “Listen to the Wind,” by Greg Mortensen and illustrations by Susan Roth.
The book is the children version of Mortensen’s “Three Cups of Tea” – described as “One man’s mission to promote peace…One school at a time” – according to Rector, who displayed three various sized tea mugs during each of her readings.
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