CELEBRATING READING
March 04, 2008 11:00 pm
First-grade teacher Dan Rotterman reads "Gerald McBoing Boing." (The Pilot/Stacy Nadelman).
First-grade teacher Dan Rotterman reads "Gerald McBoing Boing." (The Pilot/Stacy Nadelman).

By Stacy Nadelman

Pilot staff writer

It was a distinguished celebration, I must say, for the cat in the hat was the master of ceremonies on this glorious day.

Children of all ages gathered at Kalmiopsis, some lucky enough to have green eggs and ham for their lunches.

It was the birthday bash of the year, with smiles so bright – people grinning from ear to ear.

Stories were read throughout the classes, cookies and punch were ate by the masses.

High hats were donned by both adults and children, for it was Dr. Seuss night – a grand celebration.

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To commemorate the 104th birthday of Dr. Seuss, Kalmiopsis Elementary School held its 11th annual celebration reading on Monday night.

Teacher Dan Rotterman started the event with a reading of Dr. Seuss's "Gerald McBoing Boing."

After the opening reading, volunteers David Lee and Dena Manley, as well as Rotterman went into separate classrooms at the school to read out loud a variety of books.

"Our purpose was to celebrate and promote reading," said Bobbie Gross, the organizer of the event. "And that's just what we did!"

Gross said more than 300 people of all ages came to celebrate the event.

The celebration was part of a nationwide Read Across America Day, promoted by the National Education Association.

"This was a really good turnout," said Kalmiopsis Principal Brian Hodge. "This is one of the funnest nights of the year."

There was a book fair in the Kalmiopsis library, which started last week and will continue through the end of the week, and green eggs and ham were the main lunch entree for students at Kalmiopsis Monday afternoon.

The book fair is held to raise money for literature for the Kalmiopsis library.

As of Wednesday morning, the sale generated $3,400 to go toward the purchase of new books.

"It was far beyond what was expected," said Rose Hedenskog, librarian at Kalmiopsis. "I appreciate everybody's support."

Hedenskog said that so far, this year's book fair proceeds raised about $800 more than last year.

Vice Principal Helena Chirinian, who dressed as the Cat in the Hat and acted as master of ceremonies said the event is her favorite of the year.

"I love it," she said. "It's my favorite of our after school activities. It's nice to see the kids with their families."

There was a place where children and parents could have their pictures taken as either the Cat in the Hat or Sam I Am with green eggs and ham. Chirinian reported 63 pictures were taken.

Money was also raised for the Love and Logic Parenting classes and the needs of at-risk children in the community through the sale of Cat in the Hat hats made by Joi Gleason, many of which are sold every year.

Also introduced during the event was a new activity yearbook, which is a first for the grade school.

Chirinian said the books, filled with pictures of student activities that were taken throughout the year are available to order until March 31.