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During celebration, kids read here, kids read there, kids read books everywhere

March 3rd, 2014 9:08 pm by Rick Wagner

During celebration, kids read here, kids read there, kids read books everywhere

ETSU student Ashley Spangler reads to children during Read Across America activities at Kingsport's Roosevelt Elementary on Monday. Photo by David Grace.

KINGSPORT — To read Dr. Seuss books to young students is a good thing, indeed.

Because, you see, more reading is good and something we all need.

And in young minds, it plants a love for learning and a lifelong learning seed.

Students in Kingsport joined others across the nation Monday as they celebrated reading and the writings of Theodor Seuss Geisel — a celebration that will continue through Thursday. Geisel was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist but best known for his rhyming children’s books written and illustrated under the pen name Dr. Seuss.

Geisel’s birthday was March 2, so most schools began Read Across America activities Monday, March 3.

At Kingsport’s Roosevelt Elementary, the Cat in the Hat and Thing One read to various students. Thing Two didn’t make it because of inclement weather, school officials said, but there was no shortage of Seussicality as teachers, staff and students were dressed up as Suess characters throughout the building. Folks from the central office or administrative support center also came to read to students.

Monday also was Crazy Hat Day at Roosevelt. Pre-K through second grade made “I Love to Read” hats to wear for a celebration parade, while grades 3-5 wore hats brought from home.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Tuesday’s print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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