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Mayor reads to Monterrey Elementary in honor of Dr. Seuss

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Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh gives an expressive reading of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” Thursday night to students and parents attending the annual Dr. Seuss celebration at Monterrey Elementary School. The book was Kintigh’s second choice after “Green Eggs and Ham,” which had already been read, but the audience showed their appreciation for his rendition of the Christmas classic afterwards, including with a few hugs. “Tonight is just about encouraging reading,” said Principal Greg Torres, who noted that the school also has math and science nights. “At this age, they still love to read.” Many schools and educational programs in the area hold reading events to commemorate the March 2 birthday of the popular author, who passed away in 1991. At the Monterrey event, guest readers included Roswell Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy and other district educators. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)