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7 News Daybreak and Noon anchor Tracey Early reads to first grade students at High Point Academy in Spartanburg Wednesday

William Mason Elementary School students had a very special kickoff to Read Across America week when the Cat in the Hat made a special appearance at the school on February 22.

Read Across America is the National Education Association's reading initiative and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. She said it was amusing and a good imagination is all you need. "In 2015 the manuscript What Pet Should I Get?" was found among his articles and published. And though Dr. Seuss has always been dead, a song for his 113th birthday the Viking Express choir led.

Since individual learning styles may vary, Clifford said the school strives to find what works for reaching each student, "so that they love reading and don't see it as a chore but as a part of everyday life".

Some Dr. Seuss books tackled serious themes.

Groups came to the media center to do Seussy Centers, some fun and academic Seuss-themed learning centers, she said.

"Dr. Seuss was not only a teacher, but he was a fun teacher", Kary said.

But Georgetown Middle School celebrates Read Across America and I Love to Read Week with various activities throughout the week as well.

"You really get a chance to catch a feel for these kids when you're in this environment", said Christie Welch, early childhood and special education major.

"To promote literacy. To promote reading". Last year's goal was 7,700, and they far surpassed that by reading 8,140 books.

As one would expect, the Friends have gotten more expert over the decades. The Friends have been buying more costumes for the event over the years and the library now has one of its own. "Wrapping up the week on Friday, we are reading "Fox in Socks" and everyone is wearing wild socks".

Read Across America Day began in 1997 as a "Green Eggs and Ham" read-in. Even though there are no standardized test items on his poetic use of language and whimsical characters, there are great lessons to be learned from his books. Kids will have time for reading throughout the day, and are allowed to wear their pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to class, she added.

"Our teachers read to the students every day", said Waugaman. Although several refused to try it, most of those who did decided that they did indeed like green eggs and ham.

Grab a seat and stay awhile, as you pick up a book and read to a child!

Throughout the week, schools and the library hosted book fairs for students. "Whether they are student-athletes or not it's just an impact to have them here".

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