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Stella Brockman celebrates reading
Students react to a reading of the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham, at Stella Brockman School on Thursday. - photo by HIME ROMERO

The fun was just beginning at Stella Brockman School.

As part of the Read Across America – that’s the National Educators Association-sponsored day recognizing the birthday of Theodor Geisel better known as the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss – kindergarten- through- second- grade students at the Manteca Unified site kicked off the day with green eggs and ham on Thursday.

Since Dr. Seuss’ actual birthday is Sunday, March 2, Debbie Vanni, who is the organizer of Read Across America at Stella Brockman, indicated that the early celebration worked out nicely for the community.

“It’s easier on our families to come out here on this day (rather than Friday night),” she said.

Family Literacy Night was scheduled for later in the day, including a ventriloquist puppet show in the school’s Multi-Purpose Room.

Youngsters had plenty to do during this national reading event.

“We always look forward to it,” said kindergarten teacher Whitney Ryan.

She had a flurry of activity planned for her students, including art and academic projects incorporating Dr. Seuss books such as “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and “Cat In the Hat.”

Ryan and her fellow kindergarten teacher Andy Andersen once again teamed up to perform “Green Eggs & Ham” for youngsters.

“They get the kids really excited about green eggs and ham,” said Vanni.

That’s the actual breakfast concoction of the MUSD Nutrition Services served at several of the site during Read Across America.

At Stella Brockman, K-2 students have been treated to the green-dyed eggs with turkey ham for well over five years, according to Vanni.

Joy Finocchio in food services estimated preparing “350 to 380 servings” of this special breakfast at the school.

As for the taste, first grader Larissa Torres flashed a big smile after finishing up her green eggs. “It was really good – it tasted like regular eggs,” she said.

Read Across America involve students, parents and community members sharing their love of reading in the spirit of Dr. Seuss.

This year marks the 17th annual event, with more schools, libraries and community centers scheduling Read Across America on Monday.