Read Across America is a project of the National Education Association. Georgia Association of Educators is the main sponsor of the event in Georgia.
The basic premise is to have every child reading in the company of a caring adult. Schools were encouraged to invite various community members to come in and read Dr. Suess books to the children.
All area elementary schools participated to some degree. Ringgold Elementary dedicated the whole week to the beloved author. One day the children wore something with stars on it for "Sneetches Day." The cafeteria fixed theme lunches all week and history lessons involved Dr. Seuss characters.
West Side Elementary had several volunteers from Catoosa County Library come visit and read to the children. All enjoyed a birthday cake for Dr. Suess.
Cloud Springs Elementary had green eggs and ham for breakfast and Grinch burgers for lunch to commemorate the event. School superintendent Beth Kellerhals read to the children.
Boynton Elementary had parents and local mentors come in to read, and some of the teachers dressed up like Dr. Suess.
Battlefield Elementary joined in the statewide festivities by having guest Rick Honeycutt, retired professional baseball pitcher and a Fort Oglethorpe native, read to the third- and fifth-graders. The Chik-Fil-A cow visited kindergarten and first grades, and all grades benefited from principal Sandy Boyles and assistant principal Becky Howard dressed like Cat in the Hat. An added treat were teachers Andrea Larson and Kelly Simpson dressed like Thing One and Thing Two