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Medford schools commemorate Dr. Seuss birthday with "Read Across America" event

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Children throughout the United States celebrate the birthday of one of the world's best known children's book authors today. The 11th Annual "Read Across America" celebration focuses not only on the many wonderful books written by Theodore Seuss Geisel, but also the lessons the books teach.

Just the mention of the name "Dr. Seuss" probably brings to mind characters like The Grinch, The Lorax, Mr. Brown, and of course, The Cat in the Hat - and probably a line from a favorite Dr. Seuss story. What's yours? Click here to join the discussion!

The first Read Across America event,took place on March 2, 1998. Championed by the National Education Association (NEA), the event was founded because, "Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school."

Here in Medford, teachers at area elementary schools plan a special curriculum for the day - many a teacher can be seen donning a iconic red and white striped stovepipe hat. Special guests visit classrooms to read their favorite Dr. Seuss books and enjoy the day's activities.

Students and Dr. Seuss lovers of all ages can enjoy all things Seuss online by browsing coloring pages, activities, online games and very "Seuss-ian" food recipes at ObSEUSSED and Seussville.