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Dr. Seuss, locals hit Truckee schools to teach about reading

Unlike “Sam-I-Am,” Glenshire Elementary students actually enjoyed their green eggs and ham on Friday, as they celebrated the life and works of Dr. Seuss, creator of such children’s classics as “The Cat in the Hat.”

Throughout the day teachers, custodians, school secretaries, high school students, even Mayor Ron Florian and local police and firemen visited classrooms and read their favorite Dr. Seuss tales to wide-eyed students in their handmade red and white top hats.

Some classrooms featured readings in both English and Spanish for young native Spanish speakers.



“This was a great way to get the whole community involved,” said Lynn Akers, third grade teacher and event coordinator.

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Mass. Geisel, a graduate of Dartmouth and Oxford Universities, wrote his first children’s book in 1936, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” after being inspired by the rhythm of a ship’s engine while on a cruise.



Later, after Life magazine published a shocking report about the illiteracy level among schoolchildren in 1954, Geisel’s publisher sent him a list of 250 words he thought were important for children to learn. Those words became the basis for one of the most popular children’s stories of all time, “The Cat in the Hat.”

Friday’s events were part of the “Read Across America” program, a National Education Association project that aims to spark a love of reading in children early on.

Next year, Akers said she hopes the school will expand the event.


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