BRISTOL – Stafford Elementary School just dedicated a whole week to Dr. Seuss and reading in general.
Rochelle Dekow, school librarian, said that for the last week of February the students read lots of Dr. Seuss books and dressed in themed costumes each day.
“We did ‘Wear Your Words’ and ‘Crazy Fox in Socks Day,’ on Monday. So you had to wear clothes with words on them, crazy socks,” she said.
“Then Tuesday was ‘Thing 1 Thing 2 Twin Day.’ You had to find someone to dress like a twin with. On ‘Wacky Wednesday,’ you had wear your wackiest outfit or dress like a Dr. Seuss character,” she continued.
Dekow said she and technology intern Marla Warnat dressed as “Green Eggs and Ham” that day, each with a fake plate of green ham with a fork sticking out pinned to their hair, and green T-shirts with a fried egg illustration and the words “Would you?” on them.
“Thursday was ‘I Am Not Going to Get Up Today Pajama Day,’” she said.
The week culminated with “Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Day” on Friday, when everyone wore a bow or a bow tie in his honor. Dekow wore a bow tie with a “Cat in the Hat” design. She said a couple of years ago she made them for all the staff to wear.
Dekow also wore her “word shoes” – a pair of low heel pumps covered with words pasted from the pages of an old dictionary and sealed with clear shellac.
“I was going to throw away the shoes, then I decided to put words on them,” she said.
Friday also coincided with Read Across America Day, which started 21 years ago as a nationwide event celebrating literacy, created by the National Education Association and inspired by Dr. Seuss, born March 2, 1904.
The school invited Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu to read to the students, as part of the monthly school Town Hall assembly.
The mayor read “The Book Tree,” by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Rashin Kheiriyeh.
“When young Arlo accidentally drops a book on the mayor’s head, the mayor decides books are dangerous and destroys all the books in town! But thanks to Arlo’s imagination and perseverance, the mayor finds that suppressing stories cannot stop them from blossoming more beautifully than ever. This timely allegorical tale will be a useful tool for starting conversations with children about the power of activism and the written word,” reads a description of the book.
“It’s a new book,” Dekow said.
“It’s a pretty deep book, it’s about the First Amendment and all kinds of stuff,” Zoppo-Sassu said. She ended her reading by inviting the students to visit her sometime at her third floor office in City Hall, saying “we have lots of books there too.”
Then she headed over to Mountain View Elementary School to read to the students there too.
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.