New Mexico Gears Up for Dr. Seuss Celebration


New Mexico schools will be celebrating the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Geisel, the week of February 27 to March 3 as a part of the National Education Association’s Read Across America program.

“Schools across the state will be having book character costume parades, cooking up green eggs and ham, inviting celebrity readers and being visited by the likes of The Cat in the Hat and the Lorax,” says the press release.

Students at Gil Sanchez Elementary School in Belen, New Mexico will get to meet the Lorax and get a special screening of the new movie on February 29. The stop at Gil Sanchez is part of Mazda’s effort to raise $1 million for the nation’s public school libraries. The school will get reading materials and money to go toward bettering its book collection.

To celebrate the actual birthday of Dr. Seuss, the Cat in the Hat will visit Santa Fe Indian School on March 2. He will be joined by Harlan McKosato, host of the radio show Native America Calling.

Dr. Seuss was born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts and lived to the age of 87. He was the cartoonist and author of 44 children’s books. His first, And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, was published in 1937.

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