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March 1, 2011

Read Across America being held in Enid

ENID — Tweetle Beetle puddle paddle battles weren’t going on Tuesday at Eisenhower Elementary School, but they were being talked about as Enid Mayor-elect Bill Shewey read Dr. Seuss’ “Fox in Socks” to  kindergartners and first-graders.

The children — many wearing silly socks in honor of Silly Socks Day — listened intently, laughing out loud when Shewey read, “Mr. Knox. Now come on. Come now. You don’t have to be so dumb now.”

Shewey got through the tome of tongue-twisters twice, but the second reading didn’t appear much easier than the first.

Shewey’s storytime for students was part of Read Across America, a celebration of reading intended to inspire children to read more.

At Eisenhower this week, Monday was Read and White Day in honor of “The Cat in the Hat,” today is Wacky Wednesday in honor of Seuss’ “Wacky Wednesday,” Thursday is Pocket Day in honor of “I’ve Got a Wocket in my Pocket,” and Friday is Pajama Day in honor of “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut.”

Students also are doing a read-a-thon fundraiser for the school library. Eisenhower Principal Polly Maxwell said last year’s read-a-thon raised more than $2,000 for new books for the school library.

Also as part of Read Across America, the Cat in the Hat will appear at locations across Enid. Elementary school children who spot the cat can get a bookmark. The first elementary student to spot the cat and call in to KOFM will win a prize.

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