The beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss, would have been 113 years old on March 2. Each year, for the past nineteen years, Pinegrove Elementary School has celebrated his birthday in style. The school hosts a party in his honor, complete with birthday cake and fun activities for the children.
This year the family event was held on Friday March 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Community leaders and other individuals read Dr. Seuss stories aloud to the children. Some of those participating were Supervisor of Elections, Shirley Anderson and County Commissioners John Allocco and Steve Champion. Representing the Hernando County Sheriff’s Department were Lieutenant Andrew Batchelder and Corporal Stephen Miller. Angela Bonfardino, Executive Director of United Way; Elin Tate with the Hernando County Library; and Jackie Matheny with Chick-Fil-A were some of the other readers.
When asked what his favorite part of the evening was, seven year old Braeden Kortor said, “I liked The Cat in the Hat because it’s real funny and I had fun making the treats.”
By the number of children lined up to get into this activity, you could see why it was so popular. Hosted by Pine Grove teachers and volunteers from the YMCA, children got to make shish kabobs with marshmallows and other goodies and then eat their creations while they listened to The Cat in the Hat.
After the children got to hear all the different Dr. Seuss stories, they voted for their favorite book on computers in the computer lab. Shirley Anderson and Hernando Computer Club representative Shirley Jacques handled the voting.
The finale of the event was eating the birthday cake and drawing the door prizes which included a computer donated by the Hernando Computer Club and a microscope set.
Parents and children alike enjoyed the evening. Although Green Eggs and Ham won the voting for best book, one participant had his own favorite.
Fourth grader Jakobe Kortor stated, “I liked The Foot Book best because of the people who read the book.”
Many teachers and parent volunteers, as well as local businesses, helped to make this a successful event. They participated in various ways, such as registering children and helping to organize the smooth transition from one room to the next for the story readings.
Volunteers also cooked and served a dinner sponsored by the school’s cafeteria and Harold’s Auto Center.
Nancy Hurst, Elementary Para/ Community Liaison at Pinegrove commented, “The Pinegrove Elementary continues to be a strong bridge between home, community and school. It takes all of us together, students and their families, faculty, staff and community to prepare the children for their future.”
I am sure that come next March, Pinegrove Elementary will be throwing another fantastic birthday bash for Dr. Seuss.
In the words of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Case Manager, Keri Hackney, paraphrasing the author, “You would not, could not want to miss this.”