Things, whos and cats in red, green and blue hats gleefully paraded into the school gymnasium this morning as children at Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School got to dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.
As a small reminder of what Dr. Seuss has given to children in reading pleasure, schools across the country celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with activities including a Dr. Seuss parade and assembly.
Fonda-Fultonville stresses the importance of reading by reading early in life, said reading coach Sue Wolfe, who organized the Dr. Seuss event at that school.
“Our reading scores have improved immensely,” Wolfe said. “We are doing a super job with the students, and we are giving them a boost early, so they will be better off as they go out.”
She said the school’s reading theme this year has been a racing one, literally, with race cars posted on school walls and the occasional racing event courtesy of nearby Fonda Speedway.
The National Education Association annually sponsors Read Across America, which focuses the country’s attention on the importance of motivating children to read, coinciding with Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2.
“Because Dr. Seuss is so important to the kids, they (the NEA) encourage all schools and communities to read,” Wolfe said. “This time of year is a great time to get kids encouraged about reading.”
School Principal Alicia Henry read Dr. Seuss’ classic book "Horton Hears a Who" to assembled pupils in the gymnasium, who sat with smiles on their faces. As Henry came to the last words, the children, who knew the story, rang out with the last words, "Me, too!”
Henry said she supported Dr. Seuss' legacy and the Read Across America program.
“I think it is an excellent way to focus on literacy and reading. It is important and fun,” Henry said.
She said Dr. Seuss’ books have a rhyming quality that keeps children mesmerized.
“He’s a great author,” first-graderl Matthew Zumbolo said.
Zumbolo said he does a lot of reading in school and at home, especially books with lots of pictures in them.
The pre-kindergarten class dressed up in identical red shirts and blue hair, representing Dr. Seuss’ classic characters Thing One and Thing Two.
Pre-K pupil Christian Richardson said he liked the movie "Cat in the Hat." His classmate, Connor Courtoies, said he also has the "Cat in the Hat" movie at home and watches "The Grinch Who Stole Chistmas" on television.
“Reading is important at this age,” pre-K teacher Kristen Wieczenski said. “It all starts in pre-k.”