Reading Day to celebrate kids’ author

Peninsula Daily News

Public school students across the North Olympic Peninsula will join in the national Read Across America celebration today.

Every March, the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is celebrated during the Read Across America observance.

Dr. Seuss, who penned multitudes of distinctive children’s books, was born March 2, 1904, and died Sept. 24, 1991.

In Port Angeles, all elementary students will celebrate reading today, said spokeswoman Tina Smith-O’Hara.

Franklin Elementary will have a guest reader — Omar Anderson, assistant soccer coach at Peninsula College — for the Multi-Aged Community, or MAC, program.

Dry Creek Elementary will have a “red, white and black day” and will launch its March Reading Dragon Contest, in which students can earn a pajama day.

Jefferson Elementary staff members will dress as Cat in the Hat or other favorite Dr. Seuss characters, and students will have the opportunity to read when they hear the “reading alert.”

Roosevelt Elemetary Principal Michelle Olsen also will be dressed as the Cat in the Hat.

Hamilton Elementary also will participate.

In Sequim, Read Across America will be celebrated at Helen Haller Elementary, with several Sequim High School students — some dressed as Dr. Seuss characters — reading to students in the morning, said Patsene Dashiell, district spokeswoman.

Among the events planned in Joyce schools is the reading of a Dr. Seuss book to a second-grade class by Crescent School Superintendent Clayton Mork.

The Forks Elementary School will observe Read Across America next week when it will select a day for families to come to school and read to students, said librarian Carolyn Ellis.

The Cape Flattery School District is on midwinter break this week.

Port Townsend

In Port Townsend, Grant Street School’s kindergarten-through-third-grade students will dress in pajamas, and community members will read Dr. Seuss books to them, according to Principal Mary Sepler.

Also in Port Townsend, Blue Heron Middle School will celebrate Read Across America Day on Monday because the entire fourth-grade class will be on a field trip today, said Cheryl Brady, the school’s librarian.

The Title I program is giving each of the fourth- and fifth-grade students a book, Brady said, and she will serve hot cocoa in the library while they read.

Chimacum Primary School will conduct an assembly today for kindergarten-through-second-grade students, said library assistant Barb Dance.

The students will receive reading awards, she said.

The Quilcene School District has observed Read Across America all week, said Ann Bogard, Title I coordinator.

Students are reading books for points, and each day, prizes are awarded, she said.

Next Wednesday, a special Dr. Seuss movie is planned at 5:30 p.m. at the school for both students and their parents.

Students in kindergarten, first and second grades at Brinnon School District have made costumes to reflect the Dr. Seuss stories they will read, said Dalila Dowd, school secretary.

Last modified: February 28. 2013 5:08PM
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