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Augusta schools participate in Read Across America day, celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday

A Seuss celebration

Friday, March 2, 2012 6:18 PM
Last updated Saturday, March 3, 2012 2:02 AM
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There was plenty of rhyming going on in Richmond County schools Friday.

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Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School pupil Talib Shelton cheers during Read Across America Day events. Friday, which would have been Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday, was dedicated to books and reading.  JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School pupil Talib Shelton cheers during Read Across America Day events. Friday, which would have been Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday, was dedicated to books and reading.

To celebrate the birthday of “Dr. Seuss,” the pen name of children’s author Theodor Geisel, schools in Augusta and around the country participated in Read Across America, a day dedicated to the love of books and reading.

Almost all schools in Richmond County held reading events – from dressing up as Dr. Seuss characters to exchanging books to having storytimes.

“Literacy and the love of reading is something we want all of our students to have before they get to school,” said Kim Stripling, Richmond County’s director of media and instructional technology.

At Wilkinson Gardens Ele­ment­ary School, the day’s celebration started with a visit from Hephzibah High School football players, who visited classrooms reading to children of all grades. The lunch lines served green eggs and ham, while Principal Rickey Lumpkin worked in a towering red-and-white Cat in the Hat hat and tail.

“This gets our focus back on what’s important in our schools, and that’s reading,” Lumpkin said.

In the afternoon, children in pre-kindergarten through second grade gathered in the gymnasium for story time held by Paine College students. More than a dozen Paine College Department of Education students used props and costumes to act out the Green Eggs and Ham story. Second-grader Ricardo Sims sat with a friend and laughed at how the Cat in the Hat ended the story by devouring a plate of green eggs and ham he had refused all along.

Ricardo, 8, said Dr. Seuss is his favorite author and The Cat in the Hat is by far his favorite story.

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