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Record Number: 4811
Displayed from: Feb 24, 2009 , until: Mar 13, 2009
Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Fort Wayne Education Association will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with a series of events tied to Read Across America. The nationwide event is officially Monday, March 2, but because the writing portion of the new Spring ISTEP begins that day many schools are holding their events on other days. This year's theme is "Team Up with a Good Book," and activities will include reading (of course), special dress-up days, green eggs and ham for breakfast and a writing contest. The writing contest is open to students in grades pre-k through 12. Students are invited to write essays, in rhyme, if desired, about "My Favorite Book I Teamed Up With." Below is a schedule of activities. February 23-March 6 Indian Village Elementary School will Read Across the Planet via video conferencing with other schools. Indian Village students will read with students in El Paso and Houston, Texas, Ventor, N.J., Spring City, Penn., Central Valley and Newburgh, N.Y., Hunnington, W. Va., Columbia, S.C., and Montgomery Creek, Calif. Students at St. Joseph Central will show their Seuss spirit by dressing up. Wednesday, Feb. 25, is Wacky Wednesday when students will dress in silly clothes. Thursday, Feb. 26, is Silly Socks and Buddy Reading day when older students read with those in the lower grades. Friday, Feb. 27, is Camp Seuss-A-Lot. Students can bring sleeping bag and wear pajamas while they read. On Monday, March 2, students will wear tall hats and T-shirts. Friday, Feb. 27 The Cat in the Hat will visit South Wayne Elementary School and read "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" to students. A stuffed Cat in the Hat and oversized journal will travel throughout the school for students to share their Cat in the Hat experiences. Snider High School students will visit Harris Elementary School throughout the day to read to students. At Lincoln Elementary School, The Cat in the Hat as well as Thing 1 and Thing 2 will visit classrooms and read to students. There will also be therapy dogs from Paws for Reading visiting classrooms in the morning, and Cat in the Hat will hop on a unicycle from time to time.
Monday, March 2 FWEA will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with a green eggs and ham breakfast from 6-7:30 a.m. at Cindy's Diner. There will be a trivia game with hats and green eggs and ham breakfast as prizes. Croninger Elementary will have an all-school write after students watch "Green Eggs and Ham" at 1:45 p.m. Students will then sing "Happy Birthday" to Dr. Seuss, each cookies and read with friends to finish the day. Nebraska Elementary kindergartners will team up with University of Saint Francis students for a reading event from 2-2:45 p.m. March 9-13 Washington Elementary School will celebrate Read Across America with a spirit week wearing different Dr. Seuss attire each day. Members of the Downtown Rotary Club will visit the school throughout the week to read to students, and on Thursday, March 12, families are invited to Movie Night with a showing of "Horton Hears a Who." The Cat in the Hat will visit for an all-school assembly Friday, March 13.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.