Marshall Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Week, which honors Dr. Seuss's birthday, by wearing funny hats, pajamas, silly socks and mismatched shoes. They wore their clothing inside out and invited guest readers into their classrooms to share the joy of reading. But the MES boys and girls decided they wanted to do something more, something special for others to recognize Dr. Seuss. Under the guidance of the school's book committee, the students made the decision to collect books to donate to Marshall County's Head Start program, setting their goal at 200.
On Friday, March 2, the MES gym was filled to capacity with many students dressed as "Cat in the Hat", and most wearing red shirts in honor of the occasion. Also on hand was Patty Christian of Head Start, invited to the school to pick up the donations.
To begin the program Book Committee members Elaine Cagle and Salina Moorehead drew the attention of the excited audience by revealing the classrooms that would be treated to a popcorn party for collecting the most books. In kindergarten, Mrs. Dalton's room took top honors; first grade honors were awarded to Mrs. Gilbert's class (this class was also recognized for donating the most books in the school); and in second grade, Mr. Donahue's class will enjoy some popcorn.
Do you remember that goal of 200 books I mentioned earlier? On Tuesday, February 27…collection day…1081 books were turned in, but the kids weren't done yet. By the time the assembly rolled around Friday morning, the boys and girls donated well beyond 2000 books…2406 to be exact. "We never expected to have anything like this," Moorehead stated.
Mrs. Cagle and Mrs. Moorehead then told the students the totals from each grade level: kindergarten -- 485; first grade -- 1024; second grade -- 897.
The excitement reached a fever pitch when Mrs. Gilbert's class, for being named #1, was invited to the stage to write Dr. Seuss words, or Seuss tattoos as they are called, on MES principal Dr. Patsey Thomas. The kids, and Mrs. Gilbert, had a ball writing Dr. Seuss words from Dr. Thomas's head to her feet.
Head Start's Mrs. Christian was then invited to speak to the MES students. "Our children will enjoy these books for years to come," she said. "You guys are awesome. Give yourselves a great big hand!"
The program concluded with everyone singing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss.