Students, adults share stories
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
I took a look inside my book.
I knew the words—some crazy birds
Were marching by under a purple sky.
I wore my hat, loaned by a cat
While sharing a tale about a whale
With an older friend. Now, it’s The End.
Monday was “Read Across America” Day, in memory of Dr. Seuss and his legacy to children across the world.
To celebrate the day, Chase County Schools first grade students traveled to the Imperial Community Center to share stories with adults. A number of parents also shared books with the students.
The National Education Association has sponsored “Read Across America” for 12 years on the birthday of Theodor Geisel, or Dr. Seuss.
The object of the day is to focus on motivating children to read, in addition to helping them master basic skills.
In 1954 Geisel’s publisher gave him a list of 250 words the publisher felt were important for young children to learn. Geisel was urged to write a book using the words.
In May of that year, Geisel used 220 words and “Cat in the Hat” was born. It was an instant hit.