Today marks the birthday of one of the most famous and adored children's book authors — Theodor Seuss Geisel — more familiarly known as Dr. Seuss. Schools throughout the country will offer ample servings of Green Eggs and Ham and the like as they partake in the National Education Association's Read Across America. Since 1998, the celebration has given an annual nod to the good doctor who instilled a love for reading in so many with his rhyming ways.
Land O'Lakes High students are among those who will take part in a weeklong celebration filled with a variety of activities — from book drives to decorating classroom doors in a favorite fiction or nonfiction book motif to donning Cat in the Hat hats and taking a jaunt to Oakstead Elementary to read to primary students.
On March 9, the school will roll out the welcome mat to the community for an "Evening of Literacy Through the Arts." Teachers and students have been working hard these past weeks to produce an entertaining program that promotes literacy.
The event, scheduled just before spring break and FCAT exams, will offer a fun and lighthearted atmosphere for all ages, said Lisa Fisher of the school's Lead Literacy Team, who helped coordinate the event with media specialist Lina LaBarbara.
"This isn't just for our students," she said. "We're hoping elementary and middle school students as well as others in the community will come out to see what we're doing."
Offerings will include literacy-based performances by chorus and drama students and band members. There will be a poetry reading, student art show (and sale) with an Alice in Wonderland theme along with cooking demonstrations by the school's culinary students. Students in the American Sign Language program will also sign some popular songs (think Aerosmith's Dream On) in the commons area and foreign language students will offer Dr. Seuss readings in French and German. Representatives from the Pasco County Library system will be available for those who want to sign up for a library card.