By BILL SCHLICHTING
Lots of striped hats could be seen Thursday evening at Kalmiopsis Elementary School, which was celebrating the 98th anniversary of the birth of Theodore Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss.
To celebrate the storytelling poet?s birthday, the school had reading festivities along with other entertainment.
After first-graders sang to people in the cafeteria, students and parents were dismissed to hear stories read by teachers and other members of the community.
Readers occupied six classrooms, each offering a short story. People attending the event could move to a different room to hear another story.
?It was a good turnout,? said Brian Hodge, assistant principal, who also was one of the readers.
Readers included Dave Nelson, Paul Slosser, Lori Watson, B.J. Farris, Sue Musser, Nancy McClelland, Suzanne Mutch, Bobbi Shinn, Mary Jo Delaney, Bill Sharp, Chris McKay, Daryn Farmer, Larry Carter and Barbara Palicki.
People attending the celebration could also visit the library where books were on sale. Although the celebration lasted an hour, the book fair went all week.
?The book fair did very well,? Hodge said. ?All money will go toward rewards.?
Awards are issued to students who excel in the accelerated reading program.
The difficulty of the book determines the number of points earned and how well they do on tests, Hodge said. Total points for all students in the school and displayed in the cafeteria.
This year?s goal is 32,000 points, 3,000 points more than last year.
?They?ll make it easily,? Hodge said. The bar graph shows the students are well beyond where they should be at this time of the year.
Parents were given the opportunity to see how the tests work. Ginger Kennedy?s classroom was open for people to try taking the test or see how it works.
People could also have their picture taken as Dr. Seuss characters. Some had multiple group shots taken so each child could have their own.
People who wanted the Dr. Seuss look could also purchase the traditional floppy stovepipe hats.
Proceeds from the sale of hats went toward a jet boat ride on the Rogue River. The trip will be a reward for Azalea Middle School students who successfully complete an anger management course, said Joi Gleason.
Following the festivities, participants were served refreshments supplied by Brookings businesses.