MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan -- Matthew C. Perry Elementary School children and parents celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books together in classrooms here, March 2.
The birthday of Dr. Seuss is a highlight of Read Across America Week, a national observance created in 1998 as a way for schools to celebrate reading, motivate children to become lifelong readers and allow every child to read in the company of a caring adult.
“Schools all across America join together this week and celebrate the joy of reading,” said Charlene Harris, M.C. Perry Elementary School educator. ”It’s a time when reading becomes the forefront of education.”
Some students formed circles around parents as they shared their favorite Dr. Seuss rhymes, riddles and tonguetwisters.
“Some of the stories I haven’t read since I was a little kid. So, it’s always fun,” said Angela Creason, parent reader.
Other students curled up near bookshelves or formed small groups to take turns reading and admiring their favorite illustrations.
“I like Dr. Seuss books a lot,” said Corinne Compton, 6, M.C. Perry Elementary School student. “They’re funny and he makes funny words up like ‘wocket in my pocket’.”
“My favorite Dr. Seuss books are ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and ‘Cat in the Hat’,” said Richard Parlowski, 9, M.C. Perry Elementary school student. “They are really fun to read.”
School-wide activities allowed students to show off their wackiest, tackiest Whoville fashion sense in character costumes.
From the smallest to the tallest, students and teachers also took their love for reading to the streets during a Dr. Seuss character book parade around the Crossroads Mall, March 4.
Department of Defense Dependents Schools continue to be supporters of Read Across America Week to encourage children to read and learn in new and innovative ways.