Green eggs and ham were the order of the day at Miss Michelle Myers’ second grade class at the Damascus Elementary/ Middle School.


Green eggs and ham were the order of the day at Miss Michelle Myers’ second grade class at the Damascus Elementary/ Middle School.
Friday kicked off an early celebration of the late Dr. Seuss’ March 2 birthday and “Read Across America.”  
“Schools across America are celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday ...It’s a love of reading,” said Title 1 Reading Specialist, Mrs. Tammy Ace. “He wrote books to make children laugh,” she said. Mrs. Ace not only shared the book Green Eggs and Ham aloud with the class, but helped the kids whip up their own edible rendition of green eggs and chopped ham, complete with green food coloring. Second graders William Rieger, Blake Lipsmeyer and Matthew Tracy followed the instructions to an edible end.
Second grader, Felicity Sickler said it’s her favorite Dr. Seuss book, while classmates Leah Jay and Raegan Fuller say they like them all. Mrs. Ace calls Theodore Seuss Geisel a man ahead of his time. “Dr. Seuss made a lot of rhyme and nonsense words, and so many people would think that his words don’t make sense, so why read them. And yet if you listen, and watch kids faces as they read,” she says, “they love the language.”
“I think today we’re so pressured to meet the standards and get all of the academics down so that they pass the tests, that so much of the fun has been taken out of an elementary classroom. And it just gives us a little chance to sit back and say, ‘We can do fun things like this.’ We used to do it a lot and I think it has gone down to a little as we are pressured by the trends in education to make everything academic and meaningful. Sometimes you forget the fun that you can have with books,” Mrs. Ace said.
Kindergarten through fifth grade were participating Friday, with each class featuring a different book. including: Dr. Seuss ABC, Bartholomew and the Obleck, The Foot Book where kids were making foot shaped grilled cheese sandwiches, 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins where kids created hats for a hat parade, along with The King’s Stilts where students could walk on stilts.
According to Wikipedia, Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated a total of 44 children’s books.