Seuss takes the stage, students engage

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” once said beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss. At GMSD, we simply couldn’t agree more. Dr. Seuss created a whole universe of stories that have introduced millions of children to the wonders of reading, and, excitingly, some of these innovative stories and vibrant characters were recently brought to life on the Farmington and Dogwood stage.

Players from Stage Door Productions, a local theatre company whose very mission emphasizes that of storytelling, performed a cutting of Seussical! the Musical for schools. Students got to enjoy some of their favorite characters like Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant sing and dance, while simultaneously learning themes about creativity and how “a person’s a person no matter how small”. The event symbolized so much of what Dr. Seuss means to people: learning while having fun.

“I feel like Dr. Seuss books are those special books everyone reads first in their childhood, and they just open that door to stories and, in turn, learning, imagination, and more,” said performer Sydney Prather about the stories of Seuss, “They’re so fun you don’t even realize you’re reading.”

However, this fun and exploration of Dr. Seuss doesn’t stop for students there. The Seussical performance actually kicked off Farmington’s Read Across America Week. Sponsored by the National Education Association, Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that celebrates reading on and around March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Classes will enjoy an array of book-centric activities, have guest readers from the community come in and read Dr. Seuss books, and end the week with a special Green Eggs and Ham luncheon.

We could not have had a better kickoff to this week and cannot thank Stage Door enough for using their talents to get our students so excited about reading. We look forward to what is sure to be a wonderful Read Across America 
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