Oh The Places You’ll Go! Traveling Afar through Reading

Join us in celebrating this week, Read Across America!  Established in 1997 by the National Education Association, it is recognized on March 2, which is also the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  Dr. Seuss published his first book in 1937 and throughout his life wrote 47 children’s books noted for their playful rhymes and unusual characters. Theodore Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) was born March 2, 1904, and he passed away September 24, 1991.  

He was not a doctor, but he used the term to appease his Father who expected him to study medicine.  He has become somewhat controversial in the last few years by those that suggest that his work is not inclusive and does not reflect our diverse communities. The students at the Elizabeth Lee School, along with thousands of children across the country, will celebrate this day with numerous festivities. 

On a personal note, Ryan and I have celebrated this week in several ways.  He loves his Green Eggs and Ham, so that will definitely be on our breakfast menu.  He is also reading to the children in Happy Hearts Green Eggs and Ham.

Starting Monday, we have Red Shirt Day followed by Crazy Hat Day, Goofy Hair Day, Mix/Match Day and finally Crazy Sock Day on Friday.  Pre COVID, we had 50 + friends, supporters, and community leaders join us to read to the students.   We will continue to do this but conduct our reading virtually.  Hopefully, this will be our last year to do so before we can get back to in-person reading.

I am reading to the students as well.  I have carried on Dr. Barber’s tradition of wearing a Dr. Seuss hat for this.   She thoroughly enjoyed this event…and I do as well. My favorite past time is reading…did you guess!

I will close with the quote which is one of my favorites: “Kids, you will move mountains!  Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting!”

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