You know his words.
You know them well.
He probably helped you read and spell.
And this week, students across the nation will immerse themselves in the works of this famous writer as they mark Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America, a nationwide reading celebration that takes place on March 2 of each year.
Locally, schools are celebrating over the next two weeks by organizing special activities, inviting parents to come to their children’s classrooms to read and displaying special decorations that encourage reading.
It’s all part of an effort to help children develop a lifelong love of reading, and it’s one that Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, perhaps did better than anyone through his popular children’s books like “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”
Phrases like “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose!” from “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and “We’ve got to make noises in greater amounts! So open your mouth, lad! For every voice counts!” from “Horton Hears a Who!” are catchy. Even better, they’re easy for children to understand and remember.
And that’s the whole point of Read Across America. One simple act of reading aloud to a child can quickly evolve into a weekly activity, and from there, a constant request from children for more stories and more books.
The benefits, as research has long suggested, are virtually countless.
Education leaders around the globe point to statistics that say children who come to school with a large vocabulary do better than the children who come to school with little familiarity with words and a low vocabulary.
There are neurological benefits as well as psychological and social ones, too. Young children who are read to are likely to have enhanced concentration and discipline. They will have better communication skills. They’ll be able to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, and recognize cause and effect.
The fact that these benefits are possible thanks to such a simple activity seems almost impossible. Yet parents and teachers know that instilling a love for words and reading will open up a world of possibilities for their children as they embark upon their scholastic careers.
Academic careers based on a foundation of reading are destined for success. Why? Because as Dr. Seuss himself wrote, “And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”
You know his words.
Prevention must remain focus when dealing with cruel black lung disease
“Preventable, but not curable.”
That’s how Joe Main, assistant secretary of labor for Mine Safety and Health, describes black lung disease.
He could also use the word “deadly.”
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, black lung has killed more than 76,000 miners since 1968.
If something seems too good to be true, then assume that it is
Scam. noun. A confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
This is a word that Marion Countians have heard a lot about in the past few years. And the problem appears to be one that is getting worse every day.
State must convince parents, schools about benefits of Common Core
It’s always nice to have a little bit of background information before diving into something new.
So we have to agree with West Virginia Board of Education president Gayle Manchin when she says the state should have done a better job of explaining Common Core standards when they were first introduced.
Those standards, part of a national educational initiative that sets learning goals designed to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college and career, will be fully implemented in every West Virginia school district next month.
Time is now for Tomblin to support King Coal Highway
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia’s six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on.
United effort to keep NASA in Fairmont is essential project
The high-technology sector is obviously vital to the economy of North Central West Virginia.
That’s why a strong, united effort to keep the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program in Fairmont is absolutely essential.
COLUMN: Calling all readers: Be heard
I love to talk to readers.
I love to hear concerns they have about stories we’ve written, things they think should be included in the newspaper and things they think shouldn’t be.
Korean War veterans are deserving of a memorial
NEEDED: A total of $10,000 for the Korean War Memorial this year.
And a good man has been placed in charge of the funding. Charlie Reese, former president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, is now director of the Marion County Development Office. His task was to make a recommendation as to what steps are necessary to keep the project moving.
Roll up your sleeves, give blood and you can save lives
It takes up to 100 units of blood to save the life of someone who sustains life-threatening injuries in a vehicle accident.
We’re hoping that the number of people who come to Fairmont Senior High School on Friday for and American Red Cross blood drive will exceed that amount.
Vehicles and motorcycles must share the road safely
The days are long. The weather is superb. There’s plenty of leisure time in these lazy days of summer.
It’s the perfect time to take a long motorcycle ride.
It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remind not only riders but drivers of the need to share the road. And we feel compelled to mention it because just within the month of July, there have been two motorcycle-versus-car accidents within the City of Fairmont alone — one with severe injuries sustained by the motorcyclist and the other with less serious injury.
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