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This was Grant Elementary staff's last "Read Across America" week.

More than 30 student-athletes helped inspire Western Elementary School students to read on Friday morning.

March 2nd is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

At School Street Elementary, students are invited to participate in different dress-up days each day this week.

Kevin Hub signed a proclamation Thursday, declaring this week I love to Read and Read Across America Week. Hooker said they were made of wooden sticks decorated with the clover and dust speck from the book and the quote, "A person's a person, no matter how small".

Guest readers also entertained the students throughout the week, including John and Dorothy Tecklenburg, Ronald McDonald, members of the Wheeling Nailers and Pittsburgh Riverhounds and South Strabane firefighter Christopher Barton.

Many of these events feature crafts, book readings and other activities with Dr. Seuss themes incorporated.

The Cat in the Hat; and Green Eggs and Ham are a just a few classics from a man celebrated for his creativity.

Thus the largest celebration of reading in the country was born March 2, 1998.

Brian Clifford, principal of ATES and soon-to-be Elementary Director of Instruction for Barren County Schools, said getting students interested in reading is very important.

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"Anything we can do to excite kids about reading is great, as far as I'm concerned", Burkhardt said. We want to celebrate and party with you.

Michelle Buccola and Holly Brainard, teachers at the school, organized the event.

"You can't get through life without an education and without reading", said former professional football player Joe Theismann, who was a quarterback for the Washington Redskins.

Her classmate Audra Newman, a blond-haired girl, said both of them loved reading, without the slightest hint of sass. Two of them will play Thing 1 and Thing 2. The goal was to help young readers read with expression.

Almost two decades before he gave us our favorite breakfast recipe in "Green Eggs and Ham", (1960) Dr. Seuss used his sharp wit and even sharper pen to draw political cartoons.

"We both volunteer a lot", Bowman said. "The students have to make a guess before they can taste them". You could see them on air.

A week of events the school employed, but it was insane hair day the fifth-grader Tess Molling most enjoyed. "I looked up to them". She finished her entire plate and even wanted seconds.

Carr said he had fun talking to sixth graders about his sport, lacrosse, and encouraging them to stay involved in school and athletics.

Of course, the book didn't just offer a chance to talk about trying new things. "So many things good are now going on in this school". 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. On Wednesday, students dressed as characters in the book "Wacky Wednesday".

Through a partnership with the Springfield Museums, schools across the city were encouraged to integrate Dr. Seuss into their school curriculum to celebrate his work and his significance to Springfield. "Thursday we read "Oh, The Places You'll Go" which is one of my favorite books".