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Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Day

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seussSchools across the district celebrated the birthday of famous children’s poet and cartoonist Dr. Seuss on Friday, March 1st. The day was full of fun and creative festivities that foster student engagement in literacy.

Finch Elementary:

Finch_DrSeussDay3030113Finch’s school partner Cathedral of Faith Church helped students celebrate literacy by volunteering their time to serve as readers in a Dr. Seuss Read-In. Some volunteers made green eggs and ham with students, others created Dr. Seuss hats with their class, while still another Seuss enthusiast attended in head-to-toe Grinch wear.

Students participated in daily trivia the week leading up to the event, and helped their teachers decorate their classroom doors inspired by Dr. Seuss’ and his elaborate rhyming tales.  Dr. Seuss books were made available in the school’s library and students were encouraged to check out a text, read, complete a book report and dress up as a character. Students enjoyed reading the stories and creating costumes to wear in the parade.  The mighty Finch Eagles walked the hallways of Finch dressed as notable characters like the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and 2, and many others. Avon Avenue’s local firefighters came out to watch the parade and waved to students who were proudly displaying their book reports.

Finch_DrSeussDay4030113Students enjoyed birthday cake donated by Cathedral of Faith during lunch.  After all, it is a birthday we are celebrating!  The cake however was almost stolen by the Grinch since Christmas was not available at the time, but thanks to a ‘resident do-gooder’, and mighty kindergarten eagle, the cake was recovered and eaten by the intended tasters! Finch hopes to continue to celebrate Read-Across-America Day annually as reading and literacy are imperative to all students’ future success.

written by Kiza Draut, First grade co-Teacher, Finch Elementary


Hope-Hill Elementary:

_A444496 (1)Hope-Hill celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by hosting a Read-a-Thon! Eighteen special guests visited classrooms and read Dr. Seuss books to the children. Guest volunteers included George Nock, a former NFL player, and representatives from Trane companies, Heery, Ingersoll, Rand, Unitarian universalist Congregation of Atlanta, and more. Hope-Hill is grateful for the support from partners and members of the community for Read Across America Day!

D.H. Stanton Elementary:

Screen Shot 2013-03-12 at 12.13.31 PMD. H. Stanton students celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with the help of a very generous group of Atlanta Braves administrators. The visitors donned the familiar red-and-white-striped stovepipe hats and visited each classroom, Pre-K through Grade 3, to read a favorite Dr. Seuss book aloud.  Each student also received a nylon book bag, along with a Braves bumper sticker and tomahawk.  D.H. Stanton is grateful to the following members of the Braves Community Outreach Program:  Erika Newsome, Janet Sevilla, Kasey Decker, Renwick Pridgeon, Lauren Holland, Erin Sheehan, Joshua Woods, Elizabeth Jimenez, Christina Huff, Sarah Amuka, Larry Bowman, and Steve Timmreck.

Screen Shot 2013-03-12 at 12.13.45 PMWhile read-alouds were taking place in the lower grades, the students in grades 4-5 competed in a “Dr. Seuss Reading Bowl” in the media center (The 2 grade levels had each been given an identical set of 6 Dr. Seuss books to read.)  They participated in 6 rounds of 10 questions each, with the 4th grade emerging as winners.  Their prize was a “Dr. Seuss” cake, which they enjoyed after lunch.  The final event for the day was “The Lorax” movie, which was broadcast to all classrooms.
Dr. Seuss provided the students with amusing, timeless stories, many of which teach important life-lessons.  Dr. Seuss’s birthday is a memorable annual celebration for a very special author.
– written by Brenda Street, Media Specialist at D.H. Stanton

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