Trinity North celebrates Read Across America with ‘Green Eggs and Ham’

March 7, 2014
Gerri Dobscha, dressed as Sam-I-Am, strolls around the cafeteria to the amusement of the children. Volunteer parents put on a skit during lunchtime for students at Trinity North Elementary School in Canton Township Friday in celebration of Read Across America. - Jim McNutt / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

Green eggs and ham aren’t for everyone, but the students at Trinity North Elementary School couldn’t get enough of them Friday.

To cap the school’s weeklong Read Across America celebration, students were treated to a rendition of Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” during their lunch periods.

Read Across America, as it’s title suggests, promotes reading, particularly among children and young adults. Read Across American coincides with Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which is March 2.

Dressed like the book’s characters Sam-I-Am and his unnamed counterpart, and surrounded by scenes from the book, parent volunteers Michele Walker and Gerri Dobscha charmed students with a skit. To appeal to the wide variety of age groups, Walker said they tried to add something for everyone.

“We did improv with the older kids,” Walker said. “We do it differently for the kids of each level.”

The skit and Read Across America celebration have become a yearly tradition at the school, so to keep things fresh, Principal Beth Tully said they try to add something new each year.

“We change it up each year,” she said. “We make it fun.”

And the students agree. Lyndsay Berry, a first-grader, said the skit made her laugh.

“It was great,” she said.

Cameron Cox, also a first-grader, said he really enjoyed the festivities all week.

“I learned new words and how to spell them,” he said. “Like chapter.”

Earlier in the week, students read with guest readers from the Wheeling Nailers, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and local author Kitty Griffin. Tully said reading specialist Linda Oros was instrumental in making this year’s event such a success.

Oros said it’s important to get children excited about reading.

“You have to get them hooked early,” she said. “If you get them excited about reading, then hopefully they will continue to read.”

Tully said the celebration also kicked off the school’s March reading challenge, “Splash the Staff.” If students read 7,000 books, Tully said she and staff members will be pelted with water balloons when the weather improves. Students who earn enough credits also will get a ticket to a Washington Wild Things game.

While fun, Tully said the Read Across America celebration is vital.

“If you can’t read,” she said, “you won’t be successful.”

Francesca Sacco joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in November 2013, and covers the Washington County Courthouse and education. Prior to working with the Observer-Reporter, Francesca was a staff writer with a Gannett paper in Ohio. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor’s degree in print and broadcast journalism.

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