Dr. Seuss still motivating readers in local schools

Kaposia staff and students celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday in style. (submitted photo)

Kaposia Principal Terry Bretoi emotes as the Cat in the Hat. (Heather Edwards/Review)

Inver Grove Heights Middle School celebrated “I Love to Read” month with special guest readers, including Miss Minnesota USA Danielle Hooper. Pictured above left are Miss Inver Grove Heights Kassi Giles, Associate Principal Barbara Lake, Inver Grove Heights Princess Gina Soukey and Danielle Hooper.

Visits from authors and an appearance from the Cat in the Hat made “I Love to Read” month and Dr. Suess’ birthday memorable for students in Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul.

Perhaps the most memorable thing for many students, however, was their own accomplishment: Inver Grove Heights Community Schools students embraced February’s “I Love To Read” event by raising more $10,000 for their library during a read-a-thon.

As part of the month-long campaign to encourage reading, special readers visited Inver Grove Heights Middle School every Friday in February to discuss how literacy has affected their lives and to share a story with students. Guests included T.C. Bear (mascot for the Minnesota Twins), University of Minnesota athletes, the North Star Roller Girls and Simley High School students.

On Feb. 28, three local writers--Geoff Herbach (author of “Stupid Fast”), Sheila O’Connor (author of “Sparrow Road”) and Michael Hall (“My Heart Is Like a Zoo”)--visited with middle school students. Sixth and eighth-graders had been reading “Stupid Fast” and “Sparrow Road” prior to the author visit. Seventh graders, who are working on their own children’s book project, received tips from Hall on illustrating their work.

A legacy of reading

At Kaposia Education Center in South St. Paul, students and staff celebrated “I Love To Read” month by dressing up as their favorite book characters and decorating their doors to look like book covers. Other special events included a presentation on getting a library card from the South St. Paul Public Library and special “Drop Everything and Read” periods.

To celebrate the 109th birthday of Dr. Seuss earlier this month, Kaposia kindergartners sampled green eggs and ham while other students attended a reading of “The Cat in the Hat” by Principal Terry Bretoi as the Cat and “Things 1 and 2,” played by Health Assistant Lisa Leonidas and Assistant Principal Sam Frederickson.

Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in 1904. He worked as a writer and cartoonist and achieved fame for his children’s books, which he wrote in part to combat illiteracy. He died in 1991.

Heather Edwards can be reached at southwest@lillienews.com.

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