Things get Seussical at Smith Elementary School
By Dianna Wray
March 2, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated March 1, 2011 at 9:02 p.m.
Smith Elementary celebrates Dr. Seuss' birthday
Students, teachers and community members celebrate 107th birthday of Dr. Seuss.
Seussical ThingsNational Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2 in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday.
Theodor Seuss Geisel adopted the name Dr. Seuss, but also went by the pen names Rosetta Stone and Theo LeSieg.
Seuss drew more than 400 anti-Fascist editorial cartoons during World War II.
His first children's book "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" was rejected 27 times before Seuss found a publisher.
Seuss was inspired to write his book "Cat in the Hat" after an illiteracy report found that children weren't learning to read because the books were boring.
Source: Advocate staff research
"Look! It's the Thing!" a student cried as a blue -haired, red-romper-suited creature padded down the halls of Smith Elementary School.
"No, that's Miss Brown," another student said.
"I'm not Miss Brown! I'm Thing 2 today," reading instructor Dolly Brown replied, grinning beneath her frizzy blue wig.
Wednesday was the 107th birthday of Dr. Seuss, and the students and teachers of Smith Elementary School turned out to celebrate the man and the books that every kid knows by heart.
Brown organized the event, working for weeks to coordinate a day where community members came to read to the kids, and everyone ate a breakfast of green eggs and ham.
Victoria financial advisor Rodney Horelka stood before a fourth grade class reading one of his favorite Seuss books, "Happy Birthday to You!"
The students listened as Horelka rattled off the offbeat rhymes and clapped when he finished.
"I think it's important to encourage kids to read, so I came out to be a part of this," Horelka said.
Brown said she thought it was a good idea to celebrate Seuss, since children of all ages love his books.
"He was trying to make reading fun for our kids by creating these books and 107 years later it's safe to say he did a good job," Brown said.
The day also featured a parade and a costume contest.
Savannah Chavez, 7, entered the contest dressed as the character Sally from "Cat in the Hat."
"It's my favorite book and I wanted to dress up to look like her," Savannah said, smiling.
The students paraded through the halls as "Dr. Seuss" music played over the loudspeaker.
Parent Charlie Garcia said he liked the program the school put together to celebrate Seuss.
"It's fun. It really encourages the kids to read by having something like this," Garcia said.
Fifth-grader Rene Rodriguez said he thought it was fun to have a day celebrating all things Seussical.
"Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite people. He writes awesome books, they've always been my favorites and I've always liked them," Rene said. "This a lot of fun."