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Read Across America Day— Like Being in a Dr. Seuss Book

At Memorial School, Librarian Karlyn Gale and Thing 1, The Cat in the Hat, and Thing 2 greeted guest readers on Read Across America Day

Drop in on Clough or Memorial School on March 2, Read Across America Day, and you'd think you were in a Dr. Seuss book.

Every year, students and teachers dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character. This year was no different. The halls and classrooms were filled with the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two along with other characters created by the beloved children's author.

Sponsored by the National Education Association, national Read Across America Day, focuses the country's attention on the importance of motivating and helping children to read. Traditionally held on March 2, the event also marks the birthday of Dr. Seuss, aka Theodore Seuss Geisel, who was born in 1904 in Springfield. The Massachusetts native, who graduated from Dartmouth and attended Oxford in England, began his work as a cartoonist and graphic artist while starting his career as a children's author and illustrator. His first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was published in 1937.

To celebrate Read Across America Day, both Clough and Memorial had special guest readers, who included all the district school principals along with some members of the School Committee members and townspeople from the Mendon-Upton community.

At Clough School, librarian Cathy Hack held a Swedish fish contest where the students had to guess how many Swedish fish were in a jar as well at a Dr. Suess BINGO game. The Mendon-Upton Teachers Association donated books and pencils that were used as prizes. The Memorial PTO donated all the books that were read in the classrooms at Memorial back to the school.

Memorial School librarian Karlyn Gale noted the theme at Memorial was "Grab your favorite Hat and Read a Science Book with the Cat." Gale said students, teachers and guest readers were invited to wear their favorite hat to school on March 2.

Both schools hope that this day helps encourage students to be lifelong readers.


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