BENNINGTON — Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Superintendent Jim Culkeen and Bennington Chief of Police Paul Doucette visited Monument Elementary on Wednesday to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Day.

Doucette, who was wearing a Cat-in-the-Hat style hat borrowed from one of the kindergarten students, read "Oh, The Places You'll Go," while Culkeen read "The Sneetches." As each read, principal Donna Cauley operated a slideshow of the books' pages on the projector behind them so students could see the illustrations. After each was finished reading, Cauley asked the students which was their favorite reader. Despite Culkeen's brief stumble on the name, "Sylvester McMonkey McBean," students almost unanimously felt that both readers were their favorite. "It looks like they were both favorites for many of you," said Cauley.

Culkeen and Doucette also acted as judges for the school's door decorating contest, and chose the third grade class as the winner. They had decorated their door with scenes from "Oh, The Places You'll Go," but Culkeen assured the students that they had not chosen that door because it was based on Doucette's favorite book.

This was just one of many events held across the SVSU in honor of the late Theodor Seuss Geisel, who published over 60 books under the name Dr. Seuss from 1927-1990, and who would have turned 112 on Wednesday.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.



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Chief Paul Doucette, of the Bennington Police Department, reads to students of the Monument Elementary school on Wednesday afternoon in celebration of Dr.
Chief Paul Doucette, of the Bennington Police Department, reads to students of the Monument Elementary school on Wednesday afternoon in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday. (Holly Pelczynski — Bennington Banner)