In honor of Read Across America Day and the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss, reporter Rachel Southmayd drew inspiration from “The Cat in the Hat” as she wrote her article about how locals schools marked the special day.
The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play
So students sat in the school
Most of that foggy, wet day.
But the students weren’t glum
For school was quite neat,
Full of exciting activities
And guest readers to greet.
Monday was Read Across America Day,
A day worth much celebration.
Theodor Geisel’s birth
Is the reason for the occasion.
Geisel, you see, was a beloved writer
Though, for some, the “Geisel” name might confuse.
Dear readers, if this rhyme didn’t give it away yet,
He went by the pen name of Dr. Seuss!
Local schools marked the day
With special activities and fanfare.
When Ebenezer Avenue students heard they were getting new books,
Their applause and cheers filled the air.
“Reading is the foundation for everything,”
Said Ebenezer Avenue principal Chris Beard.
They wanted to inspire students to read,
And Columbia-based author Dawn Marie Clifton volunteered.
Dr. Winslow Shock and Cheer for Children
Hit a big milestone with smiles and glee.
Since 2008, 50,000 books have been given
To children in the region. Oh boy! Yippee!
Said Shock: This many books is awesome.
“To give away books when the children come,”
said Gloria Roberts, the Cheer librarian,
“It just energizes you for the next one.”
Over at Old Pointe,
All the students sat silently
For an afternoon Read-A-Thon.
They were perusing books diligently.
Richmond Drive was celebrating
With a week of special days.
Hats, book characters, wacky colors,
Showing reading can be fun in so many ways.
U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney
Got in on the reading game.
He read at Harrisburg Elementary in Indian Land,
Trying to ignite that literacy flame.
There’s lots more local reading fun
If we only had the time,
But it’s too much for one article,
Too much for one rhyme!