Happy Birthday, Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel!
Atlanta Public Schools (APS) on Thursday celebrated Read Across America Day, which honors the birthday of one of the world’s most beloved authors of children’s books, Dr. Seuss (1904-1991).
This year marked the 20th anniversary of Read Across America Day, an initiative launched by the National Education Association as a way to focus national attention on the importance and joys of reading. Schools throughout the district joined in on the fun:
Beecher Hills Elementary
APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen read to a group of first graders, while students and staff wore red. The cafeteria served green eggs and ham to students and staff, and members of the Mays High School varsity baseball team (some of whom attended Beecher Hills) stopped by to read along with various dads, grandfathers, uncles, and any important male figures in the lives of students. Also, the school held a door decorating contest.
Carver High School
Students in a handful of classes met in the library to discuss Katherine Johnson and the movie “Hidden Figures,” in relation to space travel. The conversation then focused on students discussing the far-away places they may like to visit and goals they plan to achieve in honor of Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh the Places You Will Go.”
Community leaders from various industries read to students throughout the day. The list of readers included Atlanta Fire Department personnel, Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr., WVEE-FM news anchor Maria Boynton, and CBS46 anchor/reporter Aiyana Cristal.
Dr. Carstarphen read to a group of kindergarten students, and students and staff dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character or wore their favorite or craziest hat.
Hollis Innovation Academy
Volunteer groups from Reading with the Gr8’s (a non-profit organization founded by Atlanta Hawk center and Atlanta native Dwight Howard) and the Azalea Chapter of the Links read to students. Additionally, the TAU Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. presented Hollis with a check for $3,500 to help with literacy initiatives.
DH Stanton Elementary
Principal Robin Christian dressed as the Cat in the Hat, while teachers and students dressed in Dr. Seuss attire and wore their favorite hat or a Cat in the Hat top hat, and Atlanta Braves officials and CBS46 reporter/anchor Tracye Hutchins volunteered to read to students.
Students, faculty and staff are wore their craziest, wildest, most mixed-matched sock in honor of the book “Fox in Socks.”