For the last three years, Sharon Hale, the volunteer coordinator at Redoubt Elementary School has been celebrating the birthday of the one of the most renowned children's authors of all time to help kids fall in love with reading.
If Dr. Suess were still living, he would be proud indeed of the community support and activities that take place each year at Redoubt. In the beginning Hale was the only Cat in a Hat, and green eggs and ham were served for lunch. "The green eggs weren't such a big hit, so we discontinued that part of the celebration, but having notable community members come in to read their favorite children's stories has really caught on," said Hale.
The annual event is planned each year in conjunction with National Read Across America Day. According to Redoubt Principal Ken Meacham there were bunches of readers this year including doctors, lawyers, people from KPBSD central office, police and fireman, as well as local elected officials who received hugs of appreciation from the students.
Ms. Hagen's 6th graders heard Merrill Sikorski read the Uncle Remus tale of Bre'r Rabbit and the Tar Baby in the original dialect, which sparked laughs and a lively discussion of the tales morals afterward.
Meacham says that the event has become very popular with the kids and that this year teachers volunteered to make hats and bow ties for the staff, and maybe next year they'll add tails. "The kids love it, and we're getting inquiries from other schools now who are interested. We keep adding these type of programs to encourage reading, we're doing Bingo for Books now too where kids bring and win books for playing. We're swapping and recycling bunches of old books to new readers," said Meacham.
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