Celebration of writer kicks off literacy

Elementary schools celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with parties on Read Across America Day

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Red and white hats, green eggs and ham, and plenty of references to Sam I Am.

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Parent Marcus Curtis reads The Cat and the Hat to kindergartners at A. Brian Merry Elementary School as part of Read Across America Day.  Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
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Parent Marcus Curtis reads The Cat and the Hat to kindergartners at A. Brian Merry Elementary School as part of Read Across America Day.

All will be found in area classrooms today as schools mark the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, and the annual Read Across America Day.

"Working with Waffle House, we will celebrate the day by having green eggs and ham in each class," said Malinda Cobb, the principal of Goshen Elementary. "The students will read various Dr. Seuss books and complete different projects in their classes."

Some schools, including Gracewood and A. Brian Merry elementaries, are having weeklong celebrations. At A. Brian Merry, Monday was "Cat in the Hat Day," which included the start of a book fair and teachers wearing black and red.

Today at A. Brian Merry will be "Fox in Sox Day."

"The students will create their own Dr. Seuss book," said Michelle Livengood, a teacher at A. Brian Merry. "The kindergarten pupils will dress up as the Cat in the Hat and wear hats to lunch."

Gracewood Elementary will celebrate in several ways, with students wearing "crazy hats and red and white" and having students and teachers read interesting facts about Dr. Seuss, said principal Chris Neal.

The school also will have a game that involves a jar filled with colorful candy fish to represent the book One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish .

At Copeland, there will be a book fair; students will recite a Read Across America poem; staff and students will wear sunglasses, tiaras and top hats; and pre-kindergarten classes will have a green eggs and ham breakfast.

Workers at Copeland and Montessori School of Augusta say Mayor Deke Copenhaver is scheduled to drop by both schools today to read a Dr. Seuss book to students.

At Warren Road Elementary School, firefighters will read Dr. Seuss books; two workers will dress as characters Thing 1 and Thing 2; and parents will bring birthday cakes decorated with "Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss."

The Read Across America celebration is an annual reading motivation and awareness program through the National Education Association. Officials say it takes place on Dr. Seuss' birthday because of his books' ability to inspire child readers.

"The teachers incorporate his books throughout the year because they contain repetition and high-frequency words, which is important for beginning readers," said Cobb, Goshen Elementary's principal.

Neal, Gracewood's principal, agrees.

"Dr. Seuss books have had a huge impact on literacy in our school. ... Teachers find his books effective because of their enormous popularity and that most of the kids have been exposed to these books before entering school," he said.

Other read across america events

- The Richmond County school system's Title 1 Department will offer a family reading night from 6 to 8 tonight in the cafeteria of Glenn Hills Middle School.

- Cross Creek High School will have its second annual book fair at the Augusta Mall's Barnes & Noble bookstore from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

- Glenn Hills Middle also will have a book fair at Barnes & Noble from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, said school system spokesman Louis Svehla.

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deekster
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deekster 03/02/10 - 09:47 am
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Let's "play school" in

Let's "play school" in Dysfunction Junction, GA. It is soooo not fun to "work in class".

bettyboop
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bettyboop 03/02/10 - 10:59 am
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deekster children learn when

deekster children learn when having fun...now I agree this "fun" should be only in Elementary school....I taught my Grandaughter to read at age 3 using Dr. Suess books.

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countyman 03/02/10 - 12:37 pm
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I'm surprise Deekster is

I'm surprise Deekster is complaining. Goshen, Gracewood, A. Brian Merry,
Copeland, Montessori School of Augusta, and Warren Road Elementary. They fit his demographics.

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