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Read Across America: Green eggs & reading
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Stella Brockman School kindergarten teachers Andrew Andersen and Whitney Ryan performed “Green Eggs and Ham” to youngsters Wednesday during the annual Read Across America celebration. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Andrew Andersen and Whitney Ryan performed “Green Eggs and Ham” on Wednesday.

That’s the favorite children book of Dr. Seuss, who was born Theodor S. Geisel on this day (March 2) back in 1904.

Geisel died in 1991, but his legacy lives on. Since 1997, the National Education Association honors the beloved children’s author with Read Across America. This special day promotes literacy by encouraging youngsters to read.

Andersen and Ryan are kindergarten teachers at Stella Brockman School in Manteca. In front of an audience made up mostly of kindergarten- through- second-grade students, they not only read aloud “Green Eggs and Ham” but acted out the parts of Sam I Am (Andersen) and the green-eggs-and-ham-taste encourager (Ryan).

“Who knows? We might get kids to try the green eggs,” said Ryan.

Students at the various Manteca Unified sites had chance to partake of green eggs and ham for breakfast.

The scrambled eggs concoction mixed with a harmless green food coloring was made possible by Manteca Unified’s Nutrition Services.

“The first time we did was 10 years ago and it was at just one school site,” recalled Nutrition Services’ supervisor Maureen Johnson.

She added that 11 school sites now take part in the special breakfast, including Sequoia, Brock Elliott, Woodward, Stella Brockman, August Knodt, McParland Annex, Komure, Joseph Widmer, Joshua Cowell and Great Valley.

Nutrition Services, in addition, donated children books to the libraries at the participating sites, according to Johnson.

 Most of the youngsters tried and liked the green eggs and ham.

Trey Moreland, for one, didn’t care much for that part of the breakfast. Instead, the first-grade student at Brock Elliott School opted for the green apple and the apple-cinnamon Bear Graham snack.

As for Read Across America, many schools took time out to read, bringing in guest readers consisting of dignitaries, elected officials, administrators, retired educators, and community members.