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Parishville-Hopkinton celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday


PARISHVILLE - The halls of Parishville-Hopkinton Central school on Friday were filled with Grinches, Whos, Loraxes and Sneetche, as the elementary school celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Dr, Seuss’s birthday, which has become Read Across America Day, is March 2. Dr. Seuss, who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel, was born on March 2, 1904 and died in September 1991. But he lives on through the book.

Parishville-Hopkinton Elmentary School Principal Brooke Reid and her secretary dressed as Thing 1 and Things 2, with many of the teachers and students dressing as their favorite character during an assembly put together by teacher Mary P. Taylo that included an interactive skit starring reading teacher Rose Rivezzi and the school’s three reading interns, Alisha Courtney, Anna Greer and Chris Brand.

During the assembly, selected students shouted out questions for “Dr. Seuss” or quotes from their favorite Dr. Seuss book, with Dr. Seuss identifying the books as they went along.

Mr. Brand played the role of Dr. Seuss at the Parishville-Hopkinton assembly.

“He’s just such an inspirational guy,” Mr. Brand said. “We wanted to the students to learn about the man behind the stories. We wanted them to know he was a real guy.”

Ms. Rivezzi, who was dressed as the Cat in the Hat, pointed out that many of the students actually think of the Cat in the Hat as being Dr. Seuss.

The skit also starred Ms. Courtney as a Star-Bellied Sneetch and Ms. Greer as the Lorax.

“I chose the Lorax, because I figured some of that was a story some of the kids might not have heard,” Ms. Courtney said. “I figured a lot of them would be the Cat in the Hat or Thing 1 and Thing 2, so I wanted to do something different.”

Ms. Greer said she choice to be a Sneetch, in part because of the positive message that story tells.

“I chose to be a Sneetch, because it is one of my favorite books and it has a really great message,” she said.

While Ms. Taylor said the school holds a Read Across America Day assembly each year, she said this’s year’s assembly, which also included high school Principal Robert Stewart reading, “There’s a Wocket In My Pocket,” was special.

“We had a lot of very motivated reading interns, and they developed this so we let them run with it,” she said. “Every year we try to do different things. It’s a special day here at Parishville.”

The assembly concluded with awards for a Dr. Seuss drawing/coloring contest and costume contest.

Winners in the coloring/drawing contest were Riley Gibson, Alivia Sochia, Kayliegh Sheldon, Abby Frary and Jade Shantie.

Costume Contest winners were Tiena Gilbert, who dressed as a Grinch; Camden Hazen, who dressed as a Truffala Tree; Hanza Halamek, who dressed as the Lorax; and Nola Patrick, who dressed as the Fox in Socks.

Prior to the assembly, the morning began with green eggs and ham served in the cafeteria for breakfast. Many classes even celebrated with their own birthday party for perhaps the most famous children’s author who ever lived.

Kennedy Yette, a kindergartner, said she enjoyed the green eggs and ham.

“They tasted good,” she said, adding her mother has also made green eggs and ham for her in the past.

Jennifer Mason’s second-grade class read the most books during the month and won everything they needed to have their own ice cream party. Students also made another special snack themselves, Cat in the Hat hats that were made by stacking gummy Lifesavers on half of an Oreo.

The efforts of Ms. Mason’s class, which read 2,640 books, also helped the students in grades K-2 reach their monthly reading goal.

As a reward for meeting their goal, Ms. Reid, still dressed in her Thing 1 costume, helped serve lunch to the students.

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