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Wednesday March 2, 2016 at 3:22pm Age: 3 yrs
Category: Minisink Elementary


Students and staff celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2 exactly as you might expect—turning pages, making hats, and playing silly games. After all, it’s Read Across America Day and Minisink intermediate and elementary schools didn’t want to miss the party.


Right there at the front desk of the intermediate school library, students found blue-wigged Thing 2 (known as Mrs. Schiele on any other day) and Thing 1 (more often called  Mrs. Buying) holding up a glass-bowl with multi-color Goldfish crackers. (Can you name that book?) Mrs. Buying was giving students in grades 3-5 strict directions to enter a contest of gold-fish estimation. “Swirl it around, Mrs. Buying,” one student shouted.


She went on to tell the story of two unfinished manuscripts by Dr. Seuss discovered by his wife Audrey after his death.  Authors and illustrators who were close to him and his work helped turn the manuscripts into two new books, “Daisy-Head Mayzie” and “What Pet Should I Get?”


Throughout her presentation, Mrs. Buying challenged students with the use of English language arts and math skills. “What do you call someone who writes under a name other than their own? What’s another word for pseudonym?” A student asked how old Dr. Seuss was when he died. Mrs. Buying turned the question into a math problem by reminding students that Dr. Seuss would have been 102 if he were alive today.


After reading from “What Pet Should I Get?” Mrs. Buying shared some lesser-known Dr. Seuss facts. “As a writer, he was a perfectionist and could agonize over the right place for a comma,” she told students.


Down and around the hallway, students in Mrs. Connors’ 4th grade class were visited by the Cat in the Hat herself: “Got a problem with that?” Mrs. Connors asked. Student Rachel’s mother arrived dressed up as the trouble-making Cat and read—you would never guess—“Go, Dog. Go.” Mrs. Connors favorite Dr. Seuss.


Reading Across America will stretch into March 3, with high school librarian Mrs. Lombardo and students coming to the elementary school to read to younger students.


Created by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1997, Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday Dr. Seuss. Research shows that motivating children to read has a positive impact on language development and student achievement.


Celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss’s birthday with your children at home tonight.