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Green Eggs and Ham

Major Scott Drummond of the 122nd Fighter Wing Air National Guard reads to Nebraska Elementary School preschool students in Blanca Rosa's class as part of Read Across America events.

Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette
Students at Nebraska Elementary School release balloons Friday in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The noted author was born March 2, 1904.

Students celebrate Seuss with lofty goals

– Students in Melissa Erick’s second- and third-grade class listened intently as Allie Gurtner read about Sneetches, Daves and Zaxes from Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneetches and Other Stories.”

Gurtner, an airman, paused between stories to talk with students about how the story of plain-belly and star-belly Sneetches is about making friends and treating others equally and how the Zaxes could have solved a problem by compromising.

“We’re talking about how everyone is the same, no matter what they’re wearing,” Gurtner told the students.

Nebraska Elementary School students and staff kicked off their Dr. Seuss-themed celebration early Friday with a visit from the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard.

Monday is the National Education Association’s 17th annual Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which falls on a Sunday this year.

Dr. Seuss, who died in September 1991, would have been 110.

Next week, elementary students in Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate Dr. Seuss with crazy hat days, green eggs and ham-themed lunches and, of course, plenty of reading.

Abel Acevedo, 9, laughed at “Too Many Daves,” the story of the mother who named all 23 of her children the same and struggled to find the one she wanted when she yelled “Dave.”

Abel said his favorite Dr. Seuss book – “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” – wasn’t read Friday, but he liked the others, too.

Aniela Patalita, 8, said she likes several Seuss books, but her favorite is “Dr. Seuss’s ABC.”

“My brother used to read it to me at bedtime. That was when I was really young, like, I think I was 4,” Aniela said.

Students ended their day of celebration Friday afternoon with a balloon release, Principal Jayson Balsley said.

Balsley said celebrating Dr. Seuss is fun, and students are encouraged to think about the future.

“We want them thinking about something they want to accomplish, and they were encouraged to write those ideas on the paper,” Balsley said.

After taking some time to think about their future, students each tied a piece of paper, inscribed with their goals, to the string of a balloon and watched as they floated into the sky.

jcrothers@jg.net

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