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Seuss Celebration Spans a Week at McKenna

March 2 would have been the 116th birthday of famed children’s author Dr. Seuss, but students and teachers at McKenna Elementary School felt that a one-day celebration wasn’t enough. 

Instead, the school devoted an entire week to Dr. Seuss and the books that made him famous. It started off with “Cat in the Hat” day, as all students were encouraged to wear crazy hats. Teachers brought in their favorite books to share with their students.

It was appropriate to wear silly or mismatched socks on “Fox in Socks” day, when was the students’ opportunity to bring in books to share with their classmates. Children wore green and brought in snacks to eat during independent reading time on “Green Eggs and Ham” day, and wore pajamas and read by flash light on “The Sleep Book” day.

Thing 1 and Thing 2, characters popularized in “Cat in the Hat,” also had their own day. Children came into school with crazy hairstyles and brought in Dr. Seuss books to read. Several classes partnered up for buddy reading, such as first graders in Melanie Kane’s class who joined up with second graders from Antoinette MacPherson’s class.

Ms. Kane noted that shared reading is a great learning experience that fosters interest in literature and promotes the development of literacy skills.

“Seuss Week was presented in a way that made reading fun,” Assistant Principal Mary Anne Ferraro said, “but also celebrated an author that has made a positive impact in the education of young readers.”