JEFFERSON-Mountain View Elementary came alive last week with creations straight from the mind of beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss.
The world famous Cat in the Hat even made an appearance as part of the elementary school’s Read Across America Week, from Feb. 27-March 3.
“For us it’s one of the best week’s of the year,” Mountain View Elementary Specialist Ruth Turnmire said. “It’s a chance to get the kids engaged in reading by highlighting the works of Dr. Seuss.”
Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel – better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss – became one of the best known writers of the 20th Century by focusing almost exclusively on creating works meant for society’s youngest readers.
“A person’s a person, no matter how small,” Geisel said. “Children wants the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.”
It was that dedication to expanding and tickling young minds that led Dr. Seuss to pen such classics as “Green Eggs and Ham,” and “Zax.” Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books.
And last week, Mountain View joined with elementary schools across the country in celebrating the literary giant’s birthday during the 20th annual Read Across America week.
It’s a yearly chance to build excitement in children around a concept – reading – that not every student finds to be fun, Turnmire said.
“But I really think you can build interest by making it special through activities like Read Across America Week or by celebrating Dr. Seuss,” Turnmire said.
To that end, Mountain View students, teachers and staff got in on the fun by dressing up in Dr. Seuss themed costumes – Feb. 27 was Wear Stripes! Day in honor of The Cat in the Hat – while the cafeteria staff offered up delights like ABC soup and, of course, green eggs and ham.
“This is really something everybody has a lot of fun with and everybody jumps on board,” Turnmire said. “The PE teacher is even doing Dr. Seuss activities, and the counselor and nurse have placed decorations around the school. Everybody has really taken this and embraced it and I think the kids recognize that.”
Special readers – including parents, grandparents, student teachers, school personnel, tutors and community volunteers – also dropped by Mountain View on March 2 to share specially selected Dr. Seuss stories with students.
“It’s fun for all of us, really,” Turnmire said. “Which is why I think we look forward to this so much every year.”
Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058.