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Elementary school scholars at Ivy Preparatory Academy Kirkwood School for Girls and Ivy Preparatory Young Men’s Leadership Academy joined a national literacy effort to show their love for reading. Scholars donned Dr. Seuss hats, read some of their favorite books, and ate green eggs and ham in observance of “National Read Across America Day.”

The annual celebration, organized by the National Education Association, honors the birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Festivities held across the country celebrated the author’s successful career and his influence on helping young learners develop early literacy skills.

Scholars in Ayana Hendrick’s first grade class held a birthday party for Dr. Seuss complete with decorations on the walls and classroom door. They read several books including “Wacky Wednesday.”

Scholar Sara Benson said she loved Dr. Seuss’ books. “My favorite is ‘The Cat in the Hat,’ ” she said.

“He’s really funny,” Amber Rucker, Benson’s classmate, added.

At YMLA, scholars in Ursela Hardy-Gorman’s dedicated two days to the author. On Tuesday, they made tall hats like the cat in “The Cat in the Hat.” On Wednesday, they read Dr. Seuss books and watched a movie inspired by his work.

Chase Yun said he’s read several books by the author. “My favorite is ‘Green Eggs and Ham.’ ”

Demary Hayes said he is a Dr. Seuss fan, too. “His books are fun to read,” Hayes said. “We have all the books by Dr. Seuss. They are awesome!”



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