Friday Mar 02 2012
Auburn students cook Dr. Seuss inspired faire
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
Reading for fun encouraged
Students at Rock Creek Elementary School feasted on green eggs and ham — and literature — Friday. In honor of author Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday, the students sampled delicacies from his famous books, and celebrated Read Across America Day by reading a book of their choice for the day. “It’s just a day devoted to reading any pleasurable book,” said Claudia Wilson, fifth grade teacher. “That is a nice change for them because now it seems like it is all built around assessments.” Wilson said students at Rock Creek got to wear their pajamas and bring some of their favorite books to class with them. She brought organic eggs from her own chickens. Fifth grade student Jackie Torres was one of the chef’s in Wilson’s class for the day. The students used food coloring to turn the eggs a radioactive-looking shade of green. “What I love about Dr. Seuss’ birthday is we get to wear our pajamas and make green eggs and ham,” Jackie said. “He was a famous author.” Fifth grader Holly Hansen said she was looking forward to the day because she may not get the same opportunities to celebrate in middle school. “We’re still trying to have fun,” Holly said. “We don’t get to do things like celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday in middle school.” In Monika Peak’s Junior Kindergarten class, students were also eager to take turns cracking eggs. Peak also brought eggs from her own chickens, which coincidently had green shells. Junior Kindergartener Thomas Clinton said he enjoyed the cooking demonstration and egg cracking. “Opening up the eggs is fun because you can find what is inside of the egg,” Thomas said. He said he liked Dr. Suess’ books because “they have fun features.” Classmate Delaney Riley chimed in to add some thoughts of her own on the meal. “Yeah green eggs and ham — it’s so fun!” Delaney said. Peak said Dr. Seuss’ books help her students learn. “He is one of the greatest author’s of all time,” Thomas said. “Especially at this age hearing rhyming words is a really important part of their learning. So this is valuable at this age.” Reach Sara Seyydin at firstname.lastname@example.org.