Read Across America with Dr. Seuss
By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Erin Dill
Each year on March 2, schools around the nation participate in Read Across America. It is a holiday that celebrates the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel, perhaps better known as Dr. Seuss. During the 1990s, the National Education Association advocated for a day to celebrate reading all over the United States. As a result, Read Across America was created and is celebrated annually on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The holiday focuses on motivating children to read, as it improves their performance in school.
At American Academy, staff and first graders, celebrated the day wearing handmade hats of red and white stripes, just like the whimsical book The Cat in the Hat. Second grade students brought their favorite book, snuggly toy and a flashlight for 30 minutes of dimmed cozy reading.
Although no one ate green eggs and ham for breakfast, it certainly came up as a favorite story. Throughout the day, staff and students enjoyed listening to a variety of Dr. Seuss books including first grade teacher Erin Dill’s personal favorite, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.