Friday, March 2, was National Read Across America Day, but it also marks the 108th birthday of the famous American children’s author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss. And Forest Park Elementary School celebrated in a very Seussical way!
It was Seussville at Forest Park Elementary School! Principal Ross Diener assumed the role of Dr. Seuss, reading a book to a school-wide assembly. Just as he said, “Hmmm…” all the teachers surprised the students by breaking out in a flash mob dance. Who else could have initiated such organized hoopla? None other than the Cat in the Hat, Assistant Principal Deborah Kolodny. The entire third grade were dressed and numbered as “things”—
counting 1 to 94, as well.
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!”
--Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!—
Dr. Seuss’ real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, and his creativity brought forth a fun-tastic world filled with colorful characters. In total, he published 46 children’s books. Some of his works are also signed Theo LeSieg—Geisel spelled backwards—for those stories he authored but others provided the illustrations. Geisel was a college student at Dartmouth, Class of 1925, when he began penning his work as Dr. Seuss.
Using poetic, rhythmic, metered technique, the Dr. Seuss stories always express a moral, and are well received for their entertainment value as well.
*Article and photos courtesy of Felice Kristall.