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Students celebrate reading, Dr. Seuss’ birthday

March 3, 2012

Third-grade students at Bell Township Elementary School are shown Friday in their favorite story character costumes for "Read Across America" day and Dr. Seuss' birthday celebration. Shown are (front, from left): Vaz Johnson, Larissa Herndon, Madilyn Fye, Riley Franklin, Logan Storms, Ben Piler, (back): Clayton Wardell, Kaitlyn Braurer, Braiden Mesanko, Evan Giroskey, Mckenzie Reider, Allie Meko, Kendall Johnston, and Merideth Brooks. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BELL TOWNSHIP — Punxsutawney Area School District elementary schools celebrated "Read Across America Day” and Dr. Seuss' birthday at the same time.

The National Education Association's “Read Across America” is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading and the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss March 2.

“Anything that promotes reading is a wonderful thing," said Sherri Spicher, first-grade teacher at Bell Township Elementary School.

Spicher said this past week, the Bell Township third graders have been participating in fun activities that promote reading in the classroom.
From wearing shirts they can read to dressing up as their favorite characters in a book, Spicher said, adding that the third graders showed a lot of creativity.

Spicher said Dr. Seuss' birthday has been the catalyst in making reading fun for the kids throughout the week.

"School can be fun, and the more fun that you make it for the children, the easier it is for them to learn," Spicher said.

She said the onset of technology has made learning fun for the generation that has grown up with technology.

The National Education Association's (NEA) "Read Across America" also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year, Spicher said.

Dr. Seuss’ books help children keep reading.

According to the Dr. Seuss Web site, the author was born March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Mass.

During his lifetime, more than 200 million copies of his 46 books for children were sold.

His stories have been translated into 20 languages and continue to delight kids around the world, according to the site.

Cindi Kallas, third-grade teacher at Bell Township, said the more children read, the better readers they become.

"When a child gets a book that interests them, you can't take it away," Kallas said. "They love it and they want more by the same author.

"That's what Dr. Seuss' books do for kids, they make reading fun, and the kids can't get enough of them," Kallas said.

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