Monday, March 1, 2004

Seuss books star on reading day

By Karen Gutierrez
The Cincinnati Enquirer

In honor of Dr. Seuss' 100th birthday, which coincides with Read Across America day on Tuesday, the school's cafeteria will serve green eggs and ham from the Seuss best-seller of the same name.

They may not like green eggs and ham.

They may say, "Yuck," and try to scram.

These kids, they love their good ol' Seuss,

But if they can, will they vamoose?

That's the big question this week at Piner Elementary School in southern Kenton County.

It's one of many Seuss- and reading-related events taking place in Northern Kentucky schools.

On Tuesday at Grandview Elementary School in Bellevue, children will begin their day with a reading by Congressional candidate Nick Clooney in the library.

Later, 30 students from Bellevue High School will read aloud in Grandview classrooms. And at 1 p.m., local celebrities will participate in a Family Feud-style game based on Seuss trivia questions.

Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, created his whimsical, rhyming children's books to help beginning readers. He died in 1991 at the age of 87.

In Campbell County, Kentucky First Lady Glenna Fletcher will read to children at Grant's Lick Elementary School on Tuesday.

Piner is planning one of the most lavish celebrations, thanks in part to its new librarian, Lisa Marshall.

"I'm just a little eager," she says.

Homeroom classes are making book-related floats using audio-visual carts and wagons. The floats will be pushed in a parade during Family Reading Night from 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Piner also will have books on sale at bargain prices all week. And 1 p.m. every day will be "drop everything and read" time, when all children, teachers, administrators and staffers will stop whatever they're doing and pick up a book.

The cafeteria is getting into the act by serving green eggs and ham on Wednesday. Employees also have cooked up something called the "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" cookie.

For the uninitiated, that's the name of another Dr. Seuss favorite.



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