Goessel grade schoolers celebrate ‘Dr. Seuss Day’ with weighty challenge

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA MARTENS
Students at Goessel Grade School celebrated Dr. Seuss Day by observing “Read Your Weight in Books,” the national theme to honor the author’s 98th birthday.

Seuss’ birthday falls on March 1, and Principal John Fast took the opportunity to offer his students the National Education Associations Read Across America challenge.

“So we had an assembly in the morning,” Fast said. “And I weighed myself, and I will publically admit I weighed 170 pounds,” Fast said.

The grail was taken up by the students. By noon they read enough books to equal Fast’s weight.

“Then I said, ‘We’ll up the challenge a bit here. So if you add another 100 pounds to this, we’ll paint my hair and the librarian’s hair bright neon colors.'”

The students met his challenge and read 270 pounds by the end of the day.

The neon painting took place as promised at a morning assembly on March 5.

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