Dr. Seuss Week at Monument Elementary

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Bennington >> To celebrate the life and works of beloved children's book author Dr. Seuss, Monument Elementary School is pleased to announce that it will be launching an exciting array of activities from March 1 through March 4 in honor of Seuss's birthday.

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), real name Theodor Seuss Geisel, authored over 40 children's books during his career, including beloved classics such as "The Cat in the Hat," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and "Green Eggs and Ham." Selling over 600 million copies, and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death, Seuss is considered one of the ten most valuable authors ever, with estimated sales reaching as high as 500 million dollars.

To celebrate Dr. Seuss, Monument Elementary will be doing the following:

• Kindergarten will be making a selection of Dr. Seuss-themed crafts, including their very own Ooblecks.

• First Grade will be conducting an author study, as well as using Seuss-themed writing prompts each day, and creating fun Cat in the Hat hats with facts about the author.

• Second Grade will create their own Cat in The Hat style hat and do some descriptive writing about each hat. The writing will be used to play an original guessing game.

• Third Grade will be joined by Parent volunteers throughout the week to read a selection of Dr. Seuss's best works.

• Fourth Grade will create a classroom display to showcase some of their favorite Seuss characters and passages.

• The Fourth/Fifth Combined Class will be building inspirational hot air balloons based on the themes from "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

Each class will also compete in a fun door decorating completion, assisted by parent volunteers.

The biggest events will take place on March 2, Seuss's birthday. Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Superintendent James Culkeen and Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette will be attending Monument to read to the students, and Mr. Culkeen will be judging the door-decorating contest and awarding prizes. The Abbey Group will be serve green eggs and ham for breakfast, and there will be a visit from the Cat in the Hat himself. These events are open to the public, starting at 2 p.m.

Members of the press are invited to attend the festivities on March 2. Please contact Monument Elementary Principle Donna Cauley in advance to arrange an interview and/or visit at dcauley@apps.svsu.org, or 802)-447-7979.


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