By Mark Boshnack
The Daily Star
---- — “Green Eggs and Ham,” and “The Cat in the Hat” were the order of the day Friday at the Oneonta Community Christian School.
This was the first year that the school celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a series of events, Principal Jane Cook said. She was inspired by a recent news article about the National Education Association’s Read Across America events that celebrate the birthday of the popular children’s book author. Other schools in the area participated as well. His real name was Theodor Geisel, and his actual birthday is Saturday.
“A lot of kids have learned to read with Dr. Seuss,” Cook said. “It would be a fun way to celebrate reading,” she said.
This was helped by teachers and staff dressing up for the day. In honor of one of Seuss’ most famous books, green eggs and ham were served for lunch. One parent helped out by dressing as the title character in “The Cat in the Hat.”
He read to several classes, including the pre-kindergarten students of Wendy Hadley.
“To see it come alive is really special,” Hadley said. Dr. Seuss’ books help students develop their reading skills, with their rhymes.
Two of her students said they are enjoying the day. Andrew Hanbridge, said “Green Eggs and Ham” is his favorite book. LilyBelle Ilowit said she liked cooking class in which they made Cat in the Hat kabobs — strawberries and banana slices.
Kindergarten and first-grade teacher Mary Dabulewicz said her class has been reading a number of Dr. Seuss books and students came dressed as their favorite character.
The day helped them learn information about the writer and will make them their better readers. Anya Mulik came dressed as Mrs. Brown from “Hop on Pop.” Seleyna Nichols came dressed as “Thing 2” from The Cat in the Hat. Legend Williams was wearing the blue shorts and red shirt of the boy on the cover of “To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.”
Senior Michelle Monser was reading “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” in study hall, late in the day. She hoped the day becomes a regular event at the school.
“I liked seeing everyone so excited (about reading),” she said.