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February 25, 2014

Schools are celebrating Dr. Seuss Week

FAIRMONT — Dr. Seuss once wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Marion County elementary schools will dedicate a week of reading and celebration to honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, was born on March 2, 1904.

Schools will hold special activities each day of this week or next week that will correlate with a Dr. Seuss book, and they will learn and discuss themes within each story.

“The books are funny and they’re entertaining, so it’s kind of like a hidden message that when we do read them and have discussions about them, the kids get the meanings from it that way,” said Brittany Sarcasso, Title I Facilitator at Watson Elementary.

Activities include Dr. Seuss trivia, guest readers who will visit classrooms, crazy sock day, wear green day, hat day, wacky clothing day, pajama day, favorite team jersey day and vacation shirt day, among others.

Celebrated books include “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Lorax,” “The Foot Book,” “Dr. Seuss' Sleep Book” and “Wacky Wednesday.”

Watson Elementary is holding its Dr. Seuss celebration this week, and students will dedicate 15 minutes during their lunch each day to read the Dr. Seuss story that correlates with that day’s activities. They will also watch a video of local state celebrities, including Bob Huggins and Brad Paisley, reading “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” at lunch time.

Today, students at Watson wore crazy socks to celebrate the book “Fox in Socks.”

Teachers were seen with colorful socks hiked up to their knees, and students in all grades took off their shoes to reveal mismatched or colorful socks of their own.

 “This year, since we’ve missed so many days, we’re trying to find activities where we’re not cutting into the instructional day,” said Sarcasso.

Watson will dedicate an hour of instructional time on Friday for “family” group time, however. Teachers have an assignment “family” of six students from different grades and classrooms, and they will spend an hour doing Seuss-themed activities. The teachers will also read students their favorite Dr. Seuss book at that time.

Jayenne Elementary School will invite guest readers in all walks of the community who have a hand in forming children’s futures, including superintendent Gary Price and a student teaching and education liaison from Fairmont State University, to read to students next week, said teacher Wendy Wolfe.

“I just think Dr. Seuss brings out the inner kid in all of us, so that’s why we’re going all out with this weeklong celebration. Not only to celebrate his birthday, but to celebrate his love for education and reading,” she said.

Students at Jayenne will also participate in themed days and learn about a quote or lesson from Dr. Seuss books every day next week.

“He was such a proponent of reading and encouraging kids to read, and he makes it so fun with his rhyme and his moral lessons,” Wolfe said. “He just gives the kids a good character compass to follow.”

Other schools in the county are participating in similar activities that encourage reading and teach children Dr. Seuss’ rhyming life lessons.

Teachers and parents are encouraged to send pictures of students celebrating Dr. Seuss week to throughout the week. Submitted photos will go in a slideshow that will be on the Times West Virginian’s website at the end of next week.

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