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Oh, The Places You Will Go, When You Read!

Article date: March 12, 2020

by Kyle Whitley

Section: GENERAL INFORMATION

 Drop your pens and papers and get your books ready! It’s that time of year, March 2nd when children and parents alike all over the United States celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. This day can also be referred to as Read Across America Day. Dr. Seuss Day is meant to be celebrated by taking your favorite children’s book and reading it with your children.

Addiley Sexson’s favorite children’s book is The Cat In The Hat because, “It was really funny when the cat fell on his head, and I also liked Thing 1 and Thing 2. It was funny when they trashed the house and then had to clean it up super-fast.”

Did you know Dr. Seuss’ actual name was Theodor Seuss Geisel? Most only know him by his pen name, and he’s written at least 44 books. The reason we celebrate Dr. Seuss Day is because of Theodor’s life and works.

It was on March 2, 1904, that Theodor was born. After eighty-seven years, making an incredible impact on numerous generations along the way, he passed away in 1991 at his home in La Jolla, California. The many crazy, colorful, and funny tales written by Dr. Seuss are still enjoyed by young and old alike, and since his books were translated into more than twenty languages; they are read all across the world, every single day.

Here at Weskan, the Junior High and the Elementary students take this day very seriously. They come to school dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Even the teachers have fun on Dr. Seuss Day. This year the kids did all kinds of fun activities such as an egg drop, watching Horton Hears a Who, making elephant masks out of paper plates, and of course, had plenty of snacks.

Karsyn Wright, a fifth-grader, said, “My favorite part was the egg drop because it was really cool watching them drop. My egg survived because I put it inside 3 boxes, wrapped it in layers of paper, surrounded it in packing peanuts, and newspaper.”

Dr. Seuss Day is a welcoming and much-cherished celebration that will hopefully carry on for years to come. This day sparks joy in children, engages them in reading, and encourages them to read more often.