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.
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.
Volunteers continue to have priceless impact on community
Chances are, you know someone who volunteers. Perhaps you’re a volunteer yourself.
Marion County is full of volunteers.
They read to our youth.
They assist nonprofit agencies.
They serve on boards and committees.
And in 2013, they spent a day picking up nearly 10 tons of garbage that had been tossed out on public property around Marion County.
Proposed school calendar lives up to letter and spirit of law
West Virginia state law requires that students be in a classroom for 180 days.
Strong Fairmont General Hospital badly needed to serve our region
Mere minutes often matter when it comes to emergency health care.
That’s why we need a strong Fairmont General Hospital.
When patients need the services of health-care professionals, having family and friends close at hand is often essential, and their presence may even lead to a better outcome.
COLUMN: Fairmont General Hospital vital part of community
There’s nothing better than holding a newborn baby. It gives you a little feeling that not only is everything right in the world, but this perfect little human represents hope of a future where things will be better than they are today.
I had that blessed opportunity to hold that hopeful future in my arms last week when I visited my dear friend Jen and her newborn son Tristan at Fairmont General Hospital.
Putting a cost on safety issue has been culprit in 13 traffic deaths
Would you believe that an item costing just 57 cents — less than the price of a can of pop — is being cited as the culprit in 13 traffic deaths?
A simple 57-cent item.
That’s how much fixing the fatal ignition switches that General Motors installed in new automobiles would have cost, and 13 lives would probably have been saved.
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