Daleville JROTC reads to and plays games with WES students for "Read Across America Week"/Dr. Seuss Day

BY Jan Murray jmurray@southeastsun.com

Daleville JROTC reads to and plays games with WES students for "Read Across America Week"/Dr. Seuss Day
Wednesday, March 2, was National Read Across America Day and also the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel—Dr. Seuss. Like most schools across the nation, Windham Elementary not only celebrated his birthday but also wrapped special birthday celebrations around reading, crafting, dress-up, snacking and of course, reading.“Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss,” according to the National Education Association’s website. The first NEA celebration for Dr. Seuss was held March 2, 1998.The Daleville High School JROTC helped their elementary school counterparts celebrate the beloved children’s book author by reading to kindergarten through sixthgrade students as well as setting up and directing special outdoor activities for the children to enjoy.JROTC Cadet Maj. Nashaoy Lugo is a company commander for Alpha Company of the JROTC Warhawk Battalion. She said, “We have reading stations and we have set up an obstacle course outside for them. We are here to read to the kids as part of ‘Read Across America’ and have a good time. We have hopscotch, hula-hoops, corn hole and jump roping for the kids. At the end, they will get treats.”Dr. Seuss, who was not a real doctor, would have been 112 years old this year. He passed away in 1991.Geisel wrote some 60 books in his lifetime, mostly children’s books filled with rhymes and positive lessons under his pen name Dr. Seuss. Many famous rhymes from him and the books he wrote are known worldwide. Here is one, “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”Of the 60 books written, 44 were both written and illustrated by the author, including “Green Eggs and Ham”; “Oh, the Places You'll Go”; “Fox in Socks”; and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. His books have been translated into more than 15 languages. Over 200 million copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world,” according to catinthehat.org.
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