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Celebrating Seuss
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Librarian Karen Reed, standing at right, planned a fun day for Boyd pre-K through fifth-grade students celebrating Read Across America. Guest reader Bro. Bill Boyd not only read a book to them, he brought his banjo and gave them a mini concert. - photo by Margaret Hobbs

A week filled with reading and fun activities motivates students across the country to embrace reading and celebrate the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss in the Read Across America movement. The purpose is to motivate children to read, creating lifelong and successful readers. 

Boyd Christian students enjoyed a day filled with activities, with librarian Karen Reed leading the way with several activities. Students visiting library time enjoyed making bookmarks and choosing a book or two to take home from the book swap table. 

Special guest reader, Bro. Bill Boyd, read the well-known Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham” to students, sharing some life experiences with the group. He stressed always using manners, especially at the dinner table. 

As a different twist, he brought his banjo, sharing some fun facts and information about the instrument. Adding to the fun, he played some songs, including them in the singing process. 

Down the hall a different type of fun was had in the kindergarten class, as teacher Regina Merriman dressed as the famous Cat in the Hat. Her students were able to get their faces painted to resemble the cat, and dine on green eggs and ham.   

“I thought this would just add to the excitement,” said Merriman. “We also read ‘Horton Hatches an Egg,’ which they enjoyed.” 

They shared the creative meal with the first-grade students, as well as listening to the book showcasing green eggs. 

“Dr. Seuss really believed children should have fun reading and we try to make it fun for them,” said Merriman. “All week we are connecting our academics to Dr. Seuss characters, providing a fun approach to learning. I feel sometimes we neglect this point, and that was definitely his mission.” 

The school also had a crazy hat and crazy sock day, as well as Wacky Wednesday and pajama Thursday. 

Several other area schools also marked the time to honor the author and bring attention on reading. West Elementary and Bobby Ray Memorial had extensive activities, as well as Hickory Creek Elementary. 

Hickory Creek special education teacher Danielle Glaeser welcomed a special reader for her students, her father Teddy Jones. He is a Warren County School Board member, and especially enjoys the day. 

“I raised my daughters on reading and I love it myself,” said Jones. “This is my third year reading to her class and it is just a joy reading to her kids. She’s a CDC teacher and her kids are full of love and they really enjoy being there and I feel it could be an overlooked population, and I really like to be with them.”      

Dr. Seuss Bio 

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born March 2, 1904 in Massachusetts. He earned a doctorate in literature from Oxford University, and after publishing cartoons and humorous articles for some time he won an advertising contract for an insecticide called Flit. 

He developed the idea for his first children’s book in 1936, creating “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.” In May, 1954 he was challenged to write an entertaining children’s book using a list of 250 words that were important for children to learn. From this, he came up with “The Cat in the Hat,” which brought instant success. 

He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, and has won three Academy Awards. Geisel authored and illustrated 44 children’s books, inspiring generations of children to explore the joys of reading. He died in 1991.