Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! - March 01, 2007
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 Friday, March 2 when Fort Wayne Education Association and Fort Wayne Community Schools hold the 10th annual Read Across America marking the 103nd birthday of the creator of the Cat in the Hat! But, that's not all - this year we are also putting 50 candles on the cake for Cat in the Hat - who turns half a century old! The daylong celebration will kick off with a ceremony at 10 a.m. at Scott Elementary School, 950 E. Fairfax Ave., featuring remarks by FWCS Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson. In addition, representing Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard will be Mitch Sheppard, director of Botanical Conservatory, and a FWCS Board of School Trustee. She will read a proclamation making Friday Read Across America Day in Fort Wayne. Waynedale Elementary School students will present Seuss - the Musical. Sweetcakes the Clown and Ronald McDonald will be on hand. This year's theme is Celebrate Reading: Past, Present and Future. 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 eats 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! Highlights in our schools today: * Blackhawk Middle School sixth graders have invited Nebraska Elementary school's K-2 students to come to Blackhawk for a Dr. Seuss Celebration. From 9:30-10:45 a.m., Nebraska will be paired up with a sixth grader. They will read to each other and do various Dr. Seuss activities. The festivities will wrap up with a cup cake birthday treat for all! And, each Nebraska student will leave with a gently-used easy reader that was donated by the students at Blackhawk. Blackhawk is located at 7200 E. State Blvd. Principal is Timothy Matthias, 425-7313. * WANE-TV anchor Terra Brantley will visit Kekionga this Friday to visit a sixth-grade classroom to read to students. Later in the day Principal Gary Schafer will be reading Suess' tongue twister Fox in Socks to a Language Arts class. The school is located at 2929 Engle Road. Call 425-7378. * The students and staff at Indian Village Elementary School are very excited to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with the theme, Read Around the Planet. Classrooms will use interactive video to connect with other classrooms around the planet and read to each other. These schools are located in St. Helen, Mich., Wilsonville, Ore., Mt. Morris, Mich., El, Paso, Texas, Novi, Mich. and Fishkill, N.Y. The activity is sponsored by TWICE and Polycom, in cooperation with NEA. Students will be treated to cookies and punch at the conclusion of the activity. Indian Village is located at 3835 Wenonah Lane. Principal is Stephany Bourne, 425-7368. 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 1,900 volunteer readers from the community participated.