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Dr. Seuss honored at event

Renee Shadforth

Red and white striped top hats could be seen all over the Glenshire Elementary campus last Monday. The hats, each uniquely crafted by students, were in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the annual Glenshire Elementary Read Aloud.

Several members of the community came out to read to classes.

“Anything we can do to encourage reading is great,” said Gene Welch, the Truckee Fire District’s public safety and information officer.

The Read Aloud is part of a six-year-old worldwide movement to encourage reading for students and adults alike. Last year, nearly 40 million readers of all ages, from all 50 states and some foreign countries participated in the fifth annual Read Across America.

The Read Aloud is usually held on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2, but because it fell on the weekend, the activities took place on March 3 this year.

“My older sister used to bring Dr. Seuss books home, and that’s what got me started on Dr. Seuss,” said Josh Susman, Truckee town councilman. “I just want to share that with the students.”

Chris Brown’s third grade class did book reports on fables and fairy tales in honor of the reading event. Some students even dressed in costume for the occasion.

“Once you start a story, you don’t want to stop,” said third grader Erika Dill. “It’s an adventure.”

Third grader Jason Smith said reading is like an escape for him.

In addition to Welch and Susman, other readers included Principal Kathleen Gauthier, high school students Stephanie Kendrick and Dana Seaborg, custodian Jenny Walrath and Secretary Joyce Giampaoli.

One fifth-grade class took it upon themselves to go out to the younger grades and read to them.