March marks the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day will be celebrated by Knox County Schools students, teachers and librarians on Thursday, March 2.
Events will be held districtwide with guests from the community visiting schools to read various books and stories—Seuss and otherwise—to students. Specific events for the entire week are outlined below:
- West View Elementary has a full week of activities planned that began on Monday, Feb. 27, including The Lorax Mustache Monday; Oh, the Places You’ll Go Tuesday; Wacky Wednesday; Thing One, Thing Two Thursday; and Fox in Sox Friday.
- Beaumont Magnet Academy students are encouraged to wear a shirt to show someplace they’ve traveled or would like to travel on Wednesday, March 1 and may dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss character on Thursday, March 2. Each grade will dress in a different color on Friday and will welcome reading visitors from the University of Tennessee and Fulton football team along with Alan Williams from WATE, Trent Magill and Ken Weathers from WATE, officers from the Knoxville Police Department, radio personality Jack Ryan, Slugger from Smokies Baseball, Board of Education First District Representative Gloria Deathridge and Ernie Roberts from Mathline.
- On Friday, March 3, Blue Grass Elementary will have students dress in STRIPES—which stands for Stopping to Read is Positively Energizing!
- Cedar Bluff Elementary will welcome the Cat in the Hat himself along with a Partners in Education Board Member from Barnes and Noble to read to kindergarten and first grade classrooms from 8:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
- At Halls Elementary, students will dress up as their favorite book characters.
- New Hopewell Elementary will have the following community leaders visit their school to read to students throughout the day: Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Heather Haley from WVLT, Mark Benson from Great Schools Partnership, Robin Wilhoit from WBIR, officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s office and members of the University of Tennessee football team.
- Ritta Elementary will host Escape Ritta: A Dr. Seuss Dilemma from 6 to 8 p.m. (see attached flier) where families must work together to crack codes, find hidden objects, solve puzzles and open locks to uncover the password that will free them from Ritta.
- Sam E. Hill Elementary will host Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss Family Fun Night from 5 to 7 p.m. by serving “Green Eggs and Ham,” plus some birthday cake, too. There will be fun learning activities in the gym and a special Dr. Seuss book gifted to each SEH student.
- Sequoyah Elementary host a Read Across America Day parade where students will dress as their favorite book character and walk around the track at 2 p.m.