BY LINDSAY MCCOY

Times Bulletin News Writer

lmccoy@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT - Dr. Seuss was born over a hundred years ago this month. This Saturday, Mar. 2, marks his birthday and the National Education Association's Read Across America week. Schools around the area including Van Wert Elementary, Crestview Elementary, and Lincolnview Elementary, are getting students involved in the national effort to get kids reading.

Lincolnview began celebrating Suess' birthday on Monday with silly sock day. Kids were encouraged to dress up each day according to story written by this famous children's author. Tuesday was hat day to reflect the well-loved story, Cat and the Hat. Wednesday represented Oh, the Places You'll Go and students were encouraged to dress up for career day by dressing as what they want to be when they grow up.
Today children will be reading Put Me in the Zoo and having an animal day. Tomorrow children will be celebrating Seuss' birthday by wearing Dr. Seuss t-shirts, and junior high and high school students will be reading some of their favorite Seuss stories to the elementary kids.

Lincolnview teachers agree that it is important to get kids reading, and while Dr. Seuss' rhymes are fun they are also fact based and encourage learning.

Crestview kindergarten students also do an entire week-long unit for Read Across America Week. Classrooms will be reading a Dr. Seuss story each day and will then tie what they learned into all areas of learning such as phonics and math. Crafts will also be geared towards this theme.

"This week will be a lot of fun for students, and the kids are really excited," said kindergarten teacher Julie Cook. "We are hoping to get students involved through these silly words and pictures from Dr. Seuss and also hope to promote a love of reading."

Cook has many fun activities planned for her own classroom. After reading Cat and the Hat, students will be asked to do their own story writing and will reflect on the moral values reflected in the reading. Kids will also read There's a Wocket in my Pocket and will be asked to come up with their own fun rhyme.

The first graders will also have a Dr. Seuss related unit, but the entire elementary has the opportunity to get involved tomorrow as the cafeteria will be serving green eggs and ham. Cook is hopefully that all kids will get involved and try this famous concoction.