Schools celebrate Seuss, reading

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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Michaela Raqueno, 6, raves about the green eggs served at a Dr. Seuss celebration as she sits next to kindergarten classmate Matthew Nelson, 6, at Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School in Waldorf on Tuesday.

Hey, Sam-I-Am, many Charles County kindergartners do like green eggs and ham.

Each year Charles County Public Schools celebrates well-known children's book author Theodor Seuss Geisel with Read Across Charles County, where schools celebrate by reading Dr. Seuss' books, having Seuss-ish activities and getting into the spirit of reading.

Read Across Charles County comes a day before the National Education Association's annual Read Across America, a day to celebrate and get children excited about reading.

Read Across America is celebrated on Seuss' birthday, March 2.

The author of such works as "Green Eggs and Ham," "The Cat in the Hat" and "The Lorax" would have been 107 this year.

He died in 1991.

His works were alive and well at schools all across Charles County last week.

At Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer Elementary School in Waldorf, kindergarten teachers were dressed as characters from his books such as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from "The Cat in the Hat" and students in those classes participated in making green eggs and ham from the book named for the not-so-appetizing meal.

Despite students watching and helping make the treat, and knowing that the green color came from green food coloring, some were a little hesitant to try it at first.

"OMG [oh my goodness]" one student said after eating her first bite and explaining to her friends that it really did taste like eggs.

Prior to making the treat, kindergartners went over the recipe step by step, from step No. 1, "wash your hands," all the way to step No. 7, "let cool, eat and enjoy!"

One student put added emphasis on the word enjoy explaining that you had to say it that way because of the "excited mark" on the end.

Kindergarten students and students of all ages in the school system heard Dr. Seuss books read aloud at various times during the day from a variety of guest readers such as School Superintendent James. E. Richmond and school board member Patricia Bowie.

Jazmin Cunningham, 10, a student at Jenifer, said it was important to celebrate Dr. Seuss and his works because his books "helped many children learn to read."

In celebration of Read Across America, the Charles County Education Association plans to donate books and games to Angel's Watch Regional Shelter in Hughesville.