Green eggs and ham make reading fun for students - - Jackson, MS

Green eggs and ham make reading fun for students

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Dr. Seuss's legendary book "Green Eggs and Ham" came to life for breakfast at Marshall Elementary School Friday morning in Jackson.

"Reading is not only about being in the classroom and reading, it's also about nutrition too because you need to get that good breakfast," said Carla Kent, the cafeteria manager for Marshall Elementary School.

The storybook-looking green eggs and ham breakfast wasn't served just for fun, but to help children look forward to reading. Friday marks "Read Across America Day," a time for schools all across the country celebrate the gift of reading and Dr. Seuss's birthday. Special guests come into schools to help students become even more excited about literacy.

"They're supposed to be reading each night, but this gives them that extra boost," said Barbara Moore from Poindexter Elementary School.

Teachers say that when storybook characters come to life it allows an opportunity for students to make connections beyond just the text.

"It gives them the opportunity to think beyond what they've experienced, I think beyond what they've seen in pictures," said Vanessa Snyder, a Kindergarten teacher at Marshall Elementary School.

"Read across America Day" is particularly special for Marshall Elementary School this year. The school's library was falling apart, literally from the ceiling. But just this week, the newly refurbished library was officially unveiled. The library now has a new ceiling, tables, chairs and a Smart Board.

Marshall librarian Mary Pitts said, "It's really really really great we have worked so hard putting everything together so that kids come in and really enjoy the library."

Educators across the board say reading is one skill that everybody needs to succeed in life. Teachers say they'll do whatever it takes to give children every opportunity, even if it means dressing up as one of Dr. Seuss's characters.

The National Education Association began "Read across America" day fourteen years ago.

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