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Green eggs & ham a big hit at Cowell
Joshua Cowell Principal Christie Newman talks with students after reading Green Eggs and Ham. - photo by HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

Students at Joshua Cowell Elementary School were thrilled Thursday with the reading of ‘Green Eggs and Ham.’
A few were even nervous about this day that pays tribute to Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
“They were a little scared to try the green eggs and ham,” said first-grade teacher Suzette Whisler.
For the past 10 years, Manteca Unified Nutrition Services has served the breakfast concoction as part of the annual Read Across America Day.
The National Educators Association created this event to coincide with the birth date of the beloved children’s book author Theodor Seuss Geisel.
His works include ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ ‘The Lorax,’ ‘Horton Hears a Who,’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat,’ to name a few.
At Joshua Cowell, the kindergarten through third graders wore their ‘Cat in the Hat’ head wear in the cafeteria for special reading conducted by Principal Christie Newman.
She read aloud ‘Green Eggs and Ham,” at the same time, urging the children to  try the new green eggs recipe.
“We added spinach (to make the eggs green) as a healthy approach,” said Nutrition Education Supervisor Annastacia Yager.
Joshua Cowell was one of nine MUSD sites serving up the green eggs and ham breakfast on this day.
“Try them, try them, and you may – try them and you may, I say,” Newman said in her reading of the Dr. Seuss book.
The young students did just that, trying the new MUSD recipe of green eggs.
The verdict?
Newman was pleased that most enjoyed the breakfast.
“I’ve never seen so many of you eat the green eggs and ham,” she said. “Some got seconds, thirds and even fourths.”
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