TAHOE CITY, Calif. - Kings Beach Elementary and Tahoe Lake Elementary students last week celebrated National Read Across America Day, held yearly to celebrate the spirit of reading, and to celebrate the birthday of children's book author Dr. Seuss.
Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Mass. He would have turned 109-years-old on Saturday. But his spirit of weird, lovable creatures and rhyming fun lived on as pre-school through first-grade students were invited to wear pajamas to school and relax on pillows while reading Dr. Seuss books. Students then participated in Dr. Seuss activities.
Beth Nordby is in her 21st year of teaching. As her first grade class worked with the Dr. Seuss exhibits, she reflected on why new generations of kids still relate to the writer.
"He is great at rhyming, his books are really fun, and young kids can read them and even memorize passages," she said.
Activities for the students began with volunteer Cathy Lindsey reading the Dr. Seuss-themed book, "Oh, Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?" to the pajama-clad students and a teacher dressed as the Cat in the Hat.
Students then visited four hands-on stations of reading, coloring, numbers and instruction, all related to Dr. Seuss themes.
Analiz Servin of the North Tahoe Family Resource Center, who helped organize the events, said 98 students at Kings Beach Elementary School celebrated National Read Across America on Thursday, and 100 students at the Tahoe Lake Elementary school in Tahoe City celebrated the event on Friday.