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‘Green Eggs and Ham’ back on the plate at schools nationwide

Read Across America celebrated in the Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: March 1, 2013 5:14 p.m.
Updated: March 1, 2013 5:14 p.m.

Horton heard a Who and the Cat in the Hat came back throughout Santa Clarita Valley elementary schools Friday as Read Across America arrived a day early to celebrate the act, the art, and the enjoyment of reading.

At Fair Oaks Ranch Community School in Canyon Country, more than 30 “celebrity readers” from all walks of life spent part of their day reading to nearly all the school’s 1,000 students.

Principal Marie Stump said the event is designed to be fun and to inspire students to read.

“Dr. Sesuss fits in so well with the philosophy of helping students achieve their reading goals,” she said. “It’s a special day on campus, unlike any other. It’s a wonderful day to celebrate reading.”

The nationwide event, sponsored by the National Education Association, is generally timed to the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. His rhyme-riddled and sometimes nonsensical books have delighted children for nearly 50 years.

Ken Newton, a Fair Oaks Ranch sixth-grade teacher who coordinates the volunteer readers, said he was excited by the more than 35 readers who signed up for Friday’s event.

Actor William Ragsdale, who has three small boys, read “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?”

“They were really polite and they knew the book — they knew the sound effects,” he said.

Other readers included Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar, 10 FBI special agents, actors Rick Hearst, Sean Kanan and Danielle Savre, and retired Fair Oaks Ranch teacher Barbara Beck.

FBI Special Agent Brenda Cotton from the Los Angeles office in Westwood said she enjoyed reading “The Cat in the Hat” to a class of third-grade students.

“Dr. Seuss was one of my favorite authors when I was a child,” she said. “Everyone seems to enjoy that book. It took me back to my childhood.”

Guest readers were invited to choose from a selection of books, not all of which were written by Dr. Seuss.

Actress Savre read “Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse” by Judy Schachner.

“I love interacting with kids and I love reading,” she said.

Retired teacher Barbara Beck, who was with the school when it opened 10 years ago, read the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham” to a class of second- and third-grade students.

“My grandson said I had to read this book today,” she said.

Jimmy Warshawsky, a Fair Oaks Ranch sixth grader, helped escort the volunteer readers on campus.
“It’s really fun and I get to interact with the guest readers,” he said. “They have some really cool jobs.”




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