Mansfield School celebrated Dr. Seuss and Literacy Week with a variety of daily activities designed to stimulate a sense of fun, wonder and whimsy.
Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Seuss Geisel March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. The week corresponds with his birthday.
First- and second-grade teacher Mikia Schmidt organized this year’s celebration.
“I’d like to thank everyone who volunteered and participated in this year’s Dr. Seuss and Literacy Week,” she said. “It is important to continue the Dr. Seuss tradition at Mansfield School. The kids had a wonderful time learning about Dr. Seuss, dressing up in their costumes, learning important life lessons and making crafts.”
Monday featured students and staff wearing “Cat in the Hat”-themed clothing. On Tuesday, kids dressed as their favorite book characters.
For “Wacky Wednesday,” students wore mismatched, backwards or inside-out clothes. On Thursday, the kids were human dictionaries, dressing as any word they wanted and labeling themselves with their chosen word.
Festivities concluded Friday with “Literacy Career Dress Day” where the students dressed like writers, librarians, teachers or editors. During their last period Friday, first-, second- and third-graders made “rockets in their pockets” with their teachers.
Dr. Seuss was a champion of children’s literature and a trailblazer of clever storytelling that didn’t insult their intelligence, authoring books such as “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” “The Lorax” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”
“Horton Hears a Who!” fostered inclusiveness: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
“I am a big fan of Dr. Seuss,” Mansfield Principal Ricardo Garcia said. “It was great to see all the enthusiasm for his work, and to be able to wear every single one of my three Dr. Seuss ties this week.”