Local celebrities read at Vern Patrick Elementary

Each year at the beginning of March, Vern Patrick Elementary kicks off National Reading Month by dedicating a week to celebrating the birthday of the beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.

Throughout the week, Vern Patrick teachers design contests, family literacy events and even hold pajama and pillow days to provide cozy mornings of uninterrupted reading, Principal Jennifer Hesse explained.

On Friday, March 3, local celebrities from the community came to read to the eager elementary students. This year’s lineup included news anchors, firemen, police officers, Redmond School District staff, bankers and parent volunteers.

“Our kids and staff have been dressing up Dr. Seuss-style all week to celebrate – goofy hair and all, and just having a great time,” Hesse said. “Closing out the week with our local “celebs” really brought smiles to our kids’ faces and allowed them to meet a great cross section of the community.”

Held officially on March 2, Read Across America Day marks Dr. Seuss’ birthday and is celebrated across the country by thousands of schools libraries and community centers who participate by bringing together people of all ages with the joy of books.