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Tallassee Elementary School students participated in Dr. Seuss Day on Monday (left to right): Wiatt Watson as The Grinch, Samantha Thompkins as Sam I Am, Hannah Miller as Cindy Lou Who, Addison Nabors as a Truffula Tree, Slade Clayton as The Cat in the Hat, and Camden Mask as Sam I Am.

Celebrating Seuss

By Leigh Anne Butler

The nation’s largest reading event, Read Across America, is in full swing in the Tallassee School System.  Monday, March 2 was Dr. Seuss Day, a nationwide reading celebration that makes place on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  The event is geared to bring students, teachers, parents and community leaders together through reading. 

Southside Middle School celebrated Dr. Seuss Day on Monday.  SMS librarian, Sheryl Parker was excited to reveal, "In all, we had about 26 guest readers. I think it was a great success. We had so many wonderful readers from the community, retired teachers, board members, high school students, as well as educators from within the system take time out of their day to focus on the importance of reading."

Southside Middle School librarian, Sheryl Parker (left) and library aid, Dee Dee Adcock greeted readers on Monday.

"Suzie Wilson read excerpts from books authored by her parents.  Lauri Beigler, retired Tallassee High School librarian, read a chapter or so from a Gary Paulsen book The Woods Runner, which we have in the SMS library for students to check out," Parker went on to state. "The best quote I heard, that actually sums up what (Dr. Seuss Day) is all about, is hearing a reader tell me how much they enjoy reading to the students and how much fun the students seem to have.  They absolutely love being part of Read Across America."

Parker was excited that former Tallassee students like Kinsley Knapp, who is home this week on Spring Break were willing to come and read the to the students.  Parker said, “Kinsley and one of out current high school students read to our special education students in Ms. Grantham’s classroom.  They both told of how rewarding it was to see the enthusiasm of the students and how involved they would get in the books being read to them."

Tallassee Elementary School is participating in Read Across America all week long with special theme days and fun activities each school day.

Monday the students celebrated by dressing as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.  The halls were filled with bright and colorful costumes and lots of smiles and laughter.  Tuesday was "Twin Day" which was based on the twin characters Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat.  Students picked a friend and dressed alike for the day.  Wednesday is "Crazy Sock Day" in honor of Fox in Socks.

Thursday is slated as "Pajama Day," where students are allowed to wear their pajamas for the day.  Leaders from the community, former teachers, and parents will come and read to the students all day.  Laura Lott, TES librarian stated there are many exciting guests coming to read.  “Read Across America is a great way for adults to show our students how important reading is and how fun it can be too.  Dr. Seuss is always fun!"

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