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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Students celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss's birthday at San Deigo Human Society

Hundreds of Rolando Elementary School students from the San Diego area celebrated Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday on March 2 at the San Diego Humane Society, as part of NEA’s Read Across America tour. Commonly known as Dr. Seuss, the writer, poet, and illustrator left an indelible mark on numerous generations with his colorful and wacky tales.

The fourth stop of a six-city tour, the Humane Society was a fitting abode to feature Dr. Seuss’s recently released book, What Pet Should I Get? The book captures a classic moment in a child’s life—choosing a pet—and uses it to highlight an important life lesson: it’s hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it.

“Dr. Seuss would be tickled by the fact that there was a large reading celebration taking place in his hometown of San Diego on his birthday,” said Susan Brandt, president of licensing and marking at Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “Being an animal lover, he would also be delighted by the fact that the reading celebration was taking place among local animals available for adoption.”

Students at the event were treated to a special musical performance by Little Catbird, local performers who strummed on acoustic guitars and offered a unique and engaging performance about animals and insects.

Brandt gave a stellar reading performance of What Pet Should I Get, and special guest reader, Becky Pringle, vice president of the National Education Association, wowed the crowd with Green Eggs and Ham. Humane Society volunteers also joined the reading fun and read a book on pet responsibility and led a curriculum activity on the subject.

Second grader Kamila Jones, 8, left the reading celebration with a smile that spanned ear to ear. “The Cat is the most incredible cat ever! He’s so funny and he makes reading fun!”

“Read Across America has been very important especially in San Diego being the home of Dr. Seuss,” says Jim Groth, a sixth-grade teacher in the Chula Vista Elementary School District and a board of director for the California Teachers Association. “Reading makes everyone a success.”


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SAN DIEGO: March 2, 2016

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