Archive for Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Dr. Seuss fills district schools

March 8, 2000

Dr. Seuss was served all day long at Baldwin elementary schools Thursday a nation-wide celebration of the late author's birthday.

Books were the main course at the Dr. Seuss Cafe at Vinland Elementary School. In addition to a reading marathon at the school Thursday, Vinland students all had reservations at the cafe.

Fourth/fifth grade teacher Alica Thomas and the school's student leadership team worked together to transform the gymnasium into a cafe complete with colorful tablecloths, music, waiters and waitresses. Cookies and juice, provided by Vinland parents, were served, and students ordered from a menu of Dr. Seuss books.

Thomas said the cafe idea was "borrowed" from the National Education Association Web site.

"They had a whole bunch of ideas," Thomas said. " We decided the cafe looked fun. It has been popular. The kids have been looking forward to it."

Students dining at the cafe, said it was the best part of the day so far.

"We made 'Cat in the Hat' hats, and Baker athletes came to read to us," said third-grader Matthew Giarraputo.

Thomas said Baldwin High School athletes who attended Vinland also read to the students all Dr. Seuss books, of course.

Dr. Seuss remains a favorite of students Thomas said, and they grow up with him starting with the likes of "Green Eggs and Ham" and moving up to more grown-up books, such as "The Lorax."

"They all have favorites," Thomas said.

Baldwin Elementary School and Marion Springs Elementary School also celebrated the author's birthday reading books, and making tall, striped hats. And the Cat in the Hat personally visited Baker University Thursday night in celebration of Read Across America.

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