Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebrated Across Fairfax County on Read Across America Day
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Students and staff members in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) are celebrating the 109th birthday of Dr. Seuss (born Theodor Geisel) with special activities, dress-up days, and lots of reading during the annual celebration of Read Across America, taking place this week. Read Across America day is celebrated on Friday, March 1,
Among the celebrations are:
· Union Mill Elementary School students will celebrate Wacky Wednesday on February 27, and dress in their wackiest clothes; Fox in Socks Day on February 28, when they can wear their coolest socks; and Red and White Day on March 1, when everyone is urged to wear red and white to show their Dr. Seuss spirit. Guest readers will be on hand that day to read their favorite Dr. Seuss books.
· Fairhill Elementary School students will wear mismatched or backwards clothing on Wacky Wednesday, February 27; and on Thursday, February 28, they will celebrate Oh the Places You’ll Go! by wearing a shirt from a place they have visited. On March 1, students are encouraged to dress like a friend, as Thing 1 and Thing 2 did in The Cat in the Hat. During the week, students will be asked trivia questions; daily winners will receive a Dr. Seuss book.
· Hybla Valley Elementary School students will read across America in teams. Classes will choose a state, then read a book where the first letter in the title corresponds with the first letter of the state. Students will write reviews on hats, then mount their reviews on the map near the main office.
· At Franconia Elementary School, students will wear red and blue in honor of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; kindergarten students will read original poems on open mike night at the Springfield Barnes and Noble Wednesday, February 27; and on March 1, students can bring a flashlight to school to read their favorite book. Guest readers from Franconia’s business partner, CALIBRE, will be on hand to read to students and share the fun.
· Little Run Elementary School will host a family literacy evening on Thursday, February 28, featuring Dean Alan, the Wizard of Reading. On Friday, March 1, guest readers from the community will read to students, and Lake Braddock Secondary School students will perform snippets of the musical Seussical.
· Deer Park Elementary School will host professional storyteller, musician, and former FCPS teacher Tom Stamp, who will share his 40 years of experience telling stories on Friday, March 1. Throughout the week, the library will be transformed into Camp Seuss, complete with tents where students can relax and read. There will be a family read-a-thon on March 1 after school in the library from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
· Aldrin Elementary School students will create and display their favorite Dr. Seuss book in a banner-size format. Students are encouraged to wear their pajamas on Friday to get comfortable and read while they enjoy stories from special guest readers.
· At Poe Middle School, students will celebrate Read Across America Day on Friday, March 1, by reading a Dr. Seuss book, their favorite picture book, or any other book for 30 minutes.
· Hutchison Elementary School is celebrating by encouraging students to cozy up and read on Wednesday, February 27, by bringing their favorite book from home. Thursday will feature a Dr. Seuss surprise, and on Friday, everyone is urged to dress in red, white, and black.
· Centreville Elementary School fourth grade students will dine on green eggs and ham then enjoy a read-in with guest speakers at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 1.
· Fairview Elementary School students will wear Cat in the Hat colors (red, white, and black) on March 1 and will participate in reading activities with their reading buddies with an emphasis on Dr. Seuss.
· Rocky Run Middle School has modified its daily schedule to include 20 minutes of school-wide silent reading at the end of the day on March 1. Students will move out into the hallway and read as a community. Teachers will wear the title of their favorite book of all time on a name tag.
· Olde Creek Elementary School has turned its cafeteria into Seussville, complete with banners, a display of Dr. Seuss books, and book characters smiling at the students. Each day of the week has a special focus; on Fox in Socks Day, students will wear their wackiest socks and bring in a new pair for a family in need. The afternoon news show will feature mystery narrators reading passages from Dr. Seuss books.
· Camelot Elementary School has planned a day-long celebration of the works of Dr. Seuss on March 1. Principal Aileen Flaherty will kick off the day by reading The Cat in the Hat on the morning news. Guest readers will be reading to students throughout the day live and taped on the school’s in-house TV channel. Just before dismissal, everyone will drop everything and read (D.E.A.R.) as part of the school-wide sustained silent reading program.
· Hunt Valley Elementary School students will hear from guest readers on March 1, including professional storyteller Gary Lloyd, author Rosalyn Schanzer, and Uncle Slam, mascot of the Potomac Nationals baseball team.
· At Bull Run Elementary School, students will take the reader’s oath in the morning, then mystery readers will visit classrooms to read Dr. Seuss books and promote reading.
· Kings Park Elementary School students will wear their favorite mismatched clothes for Wacky Wear Day on Wednesday, February 27, and wear green on Green Grinch Day, Thursday, February 28. Friday is Sneak Up on Reading Day and students are encouraged to wear their favorite sneakers, drop everything, and read.
· Mary Quattlebaum, author of Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns and Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond, will visit with students at Terraset Elementary on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. She will dress as a pirate for her sessions with primary students and will talk about her writing process with all students.
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