Dr. Seuss honored with week long reading celebration

If he were alive, Dr. Seuss would be so proud.

With special guests including Mayor Nutter, State Sen. Vincent Hughes and the Eagles Book Mobile, dozens of district elementary students will commemorate the author's birthday by reading some of his popular works during a week-long reading celebration called Read Across America.

The program, sponsored by the National Education Association, is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of Seuss, born Theodor Geisel.

Specific events include:

Today at 11:00 a.m.: The Eagles Book Mobile reading to about 50 first graders at the Richard R. Wright Elementary School, 2700 W. Dauphin Street. Students will also have the opportunity to take home select books.

March 1, 9:15 a.m.: Mayor Nutter will be reading "Gertrude McFuzz" to students in grades Kindergarten through fourth grade at Blankenburg Elementary School, 4600 W. Girard Avenue.

March 4, 11:30 a.m.: State Senator Vincent Hughes will be reading to students at Ethel Allen Elementary School, 3200 W. Lehigh Ave.