Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! - February 27, 2006

Record Number: 2215
Displayed from: Feb 27, 2006 , until: Mar 02, 2006

You're never too old, too wacky, too wild; to pick up a book, and read to a child. And that is what nearly 2,000 community members, parents and business leaders will be doing on Thursday, March 2 when Fort Wayne Education Association and Fort Wayne Community Schools hold the 9th annual Read Across America marking the 102nd birthday of the creator of the Cat in the Hat! The daylong celebration will kick off with a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Indian Village Elementary School, 3835 Wenonah Lane. featuring Judy Briganti, president of the Indiana State Teacher's Association who will speak about the importance of reading. In addition, Fort Wayne Fire Chief Tim Davie will read a proclamation making Thursday Read Across America Day in Fort Wayne. There will be remarks by FWCS Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson and a Dr. Seuss song will be performed by students. This year's theme is Celebrating the Art of Reading. The Elmhurst Jazz Band will perform. Again this year, Food and Nutrition Services will provide a school lunch of green eggs and ham in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday. As part of the celebration, Cindy's Dinner in Downtown Fort Wayne will feature a green scrambled eggs and ham special beginning at 5:30 a.m. Representatives from FWEA and the Cat in the Hat will chow down this low carb delight before getting on with the many activities of the day. In addition, any child and parent who eat breakfast at the diner between 6-8 a.m. will receive a free Cat in the Hat red and white hat. Motorists will be reminded of the day, too! One hundred of the district's 250 bus drivers will be sporting the Dr. Seuss signature red and white stripe stovepipe hat while they are on their routes! Read Across America is a project of the National Education Association (NEA) and features adult volunteers from all walks of life taking time out to go to a school and read to a class. It is being held in all 34 of the elementary schools in the district. Volunteers including elected officials, community members, media and business leaders will be reading stories to FWCS students throughout the day. Last year 1,500 volunteer readers from the community participated.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.