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Dr. Seuss legacy reaches 114th year; Author’s birthday instigates reading within schools, community

Five-year-old and Monterrey Elementary student Olivia Anderson shows a mix of excitement and concentration as she works to complete a Dr. Seuss-inspired matching game Thursday evening. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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The celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel — better known by his pen name, “Dr. Seuss,” takes place in schools and libraries nationwide, and the city of Roswell is no exception.

According to the National Education Association, each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

While Monterrey Elementary School celebrated the author’s birthday Thursday evening, the school’s principal, Greg Torres, admits that Seuss’ work has stood the test of time.

Torres commented on the impact of Seuss books during the school’s annual celebratory event Thursday evening.

“I think his impact is long-lasting,” Torres said. “It’s something that’s cool and that we build our reading night around — it’s a connection parents and students can make. He’s definitely a mainstay — especially at the elementary level.”

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Torres said when the school does celebrate the event, it provides an opportunity to encourage reading even further.

“That’s something that we always want to make sure that we do,” he said.

Torres explained how each grade level had created an activity, each of which focused on one of Seuss’ books. Once students completed four activities, they received free lemonade, cookies and a book.

“They’re not just Dr. Seuss, but they’re at their grade-level,” Torres said. “So every kid will walk out of here with a book — just to encourage kids to read and keep them excited about reading.

“It’s just kind of a come-and-go event, but, at the same time, it’s just kind of, go at your own pace, and once you complete your four activities, go enjoy some snacks and get your free books.

“We want to make the educational experience here at Monterrey something that our kids will remember and more than just what happens in the day-to-day within the classroom — it’s events like this that for kids that, a lot of times — it’ll stand out.”

Multimedia-Crime and reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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