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.
Why should IRS employees having compliance issues receive rewards?
There are certain issues that happen in our government that occur with no rhyme nor reason and probably raise the eyebrows of many thousands — let’s make that millions — of Americans who wonder about the same thing. It certainly corrodes the faith of the American people.
Laws to keep mudslinging to minimum can stife free speech
By nature, and by profession, we do not like lies. As journalists, we’re truth tellers. Or at least we attempt to get at the truth through research, attribution, documents and comments from people on either side of an issue.
Sometimes it ends up with “telling lies from both sides,” as a crusty reporter once mused a handful of years ago.
COLUMN: Freedom of Information — if you can pay
Several years ago, I made a Freedom of Information request to a local government agency. Within the five business days, as required by law, a packet of information was delivered to the office. I expected a bill, as most government offices have a charge that ranges from 25 cents to $1.25 per page for copies of the documents we request.
The reassuring spirit of Easter: One of new hope and beginnings
During the sub-zero and snow-filled months of winter, we maintained a spirit of hope that spring was on the way. It has now become a reality as all nature stretches and yawns and awakens once more to a new beginning. The fragrance of spring awakens our waiting nostrils, the budding beauty of new life brightens our eyes, and the reassuring idea of renewal stimulates our minds.
Unsung heroes handling calls in emergencies are appreciated
Thankfully, we live in a community where help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, just by dialing three numbers — 9-1-1.
During this week, which is recognized as National Public Safety Tele-Communicator’s Week nationwide, we need to remember that on the other end of that line are the men and women here in this county who are always there in case of accident, crimes, medical emergencies and any other catastrophic event.
Message to ‘buckle up and park the phone’ is saving lives
A figure that we haven’t seen that much in recent years is the highway death toll for a given period.
Is the death toll up, down or just about the same as it was?
The West Virginia Southern Regional Highway Safety Program has announced there were 325 highway fatalities in 2013, the second-lowest number on record.
State native Burwell can ‘deliver results’ as Health and Human Services secretary
Sylvia Mathews Burwell might not be a name with which most people are immediately familiar.
For the past year, she has run the budget office under President Barack Obama.
Prior to that, she served as president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program and later the Wal-Mart Foundation.
Marion scores well in recent health report but could do better
When it comes to area-wide studies, especially on health, there’s usually good news and bad news.
So was the recent report on the health of America’s counties released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently. The nationwide county study evaluated health outcomes and health factors, and ranked counties accordingly.
COLUMN: ‘Instant’ news not always reliable
That little word has a pretty big meaning. With origins that date back to the 15th century, it means urgent, current, immediate.
But think about how that word has developed over the past few decades.
Instant pudding. Instead of slaving over a hot stove for a few minutes, you can now pour cold milk and with a bit of stirring, instant pudding!
Decision to be an organ donor can save lives
Chelsea Clair watched as her father died waiting for a bone marrow transplant.
So when she met Kyle Froelich at a car show in 2009 and heard about his struggles to find a kidney that would match his unique needs, she never hesitated to offer hers to the man she just met.
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