The Cat in the Hat. Sam I Am. The Lorax. Horton the elephant.
Those characters and more were celebrated Friday as Ridgeview Elementary School ended its Dr. Seuss Week, culminating in a “Sock Hop” for students who donated books to the school’s annual book drive.
Today is the famed children author’s birthday.
“When we think of learning to read, everyone thinks of Dr. Seuss. He’s just an inspirational writer and someone who kind of keyed into the imagination of children and we spend this entire week celebrating his work, which is loved by all of our students young and old,” Library Media Specialist Lori Nash said.
Guests stopped by the school during the week-long celebration to read some of Seuss’ most famous stories to students, including members of the Daniel Boone High School Beta Club; state Rep. Micah Van Huss, R-Jonesborough; and Director of Schools Ron Dykes.
Throughout the week, students have worn wacky hats, crazy socks and pajamas while celebrating reading and the works of Dr. Seuss.
All the activities and special dress-up events make Dr. Seuss Week an event students look forward to all year.
“You get to dress up and it’s just a fun week,” said fourth-grader Mattie Roark.
Seuss’ imaginative worlds and funny characters are just a few reasons students like Roark enjoy his work so much.
“He likes to rhyme and he likes to come up with a lot of funny words,” she said.
The Seuss Week is a tradition.
“This is probably our last year doing it since next year is middle school, so I guess it’s kind of special since it’s probably our last time,” said fourth-grader Caleb Anderson.
Nash said the week’s book drive brought in more than 450 items, which will be used in classrooms and to purchase other books for Ridgeview’s library.