NEH students celebrate Read Aloud Day

BLAIRSBURG – Students at Northeast Hamilton Elementary School celebrated World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday with a little friendly trivia competition with Superintendent Patrick Hocking.

Meeting in the school cafeteria, Hocking was challenged by the students on his knowledge of Dr. Seuss books.

While World Read Aloud Day was held on March 6 this year, it is always observed during the week of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Born on March 2, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote 46 whimsical children’s books including “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Horton Hears a Who” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” His books are read and enjoyed throughout the world by both young and old.

NEH elementary school teachers combined World Read Aloud Day with LitWorld Day, said third grade teacher Tammy Massman, first grade teacher Kim Schimp and Kindergarten teacher Janelle Oakland.

“Worldwide, there are 793 million people who are unable to read or write,” said Massman. “We want to encourage everyone to read aloud”.

Massman’s third grade students joined with hundreds of thousands of students worldwide to read and celebrate reading on Wednesday, she said.

The third graders Skyped with students in kindergarten through fifth grade throughout the United States, said Massman.

NEH students connected in their love of literacy with students in: Waunakee, CT; Columbia, MD; Loveland, CO; Wentzville, MO; Salem WI; and Lawrenceville, GA.

In addition, the students joined with other children nationwide to contribute to, said Massman. The organization donates books to children in need.

Back in the Blairsburg school cafeteria, the elementary school students sent their principal back to school with their overwhelming knowledge of Dr. Seuss trivia. With each wrong answer, the loser was forced to add another comical accessory.

“This is something we do every year,” said Hocking, sporting a gold sequined dress, Horton elephant ears and colorful earrings. “It’s a little friendly competition that celebrates reading.”