Page 8 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, March 8, 2019 A fun way to honor Dr. Seuss Fire Chief puts on a red-&-white-striped hat as Oaklandvale Elementary School celebrates Read Across America Day By Mark E. Vogler S augus Fire Chief Michael C. Newbury couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable assignment last Friday morning. There he was, bouncing around in a kindergarten class, decked out in one of those tall, red-and-white-striped hats immortalized by Dr. Seuss on the cover and the pages of his classic children’s book, “The Cat in the Hat.” The best part of Newbury’s day was getting to read to a room full of kindergarten kids – including his six-year-old daughter, Mia – from Dr. Seuss’s “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!” Mia got to wear a smaller version of her dad’s hat. They weren’t the only ones dressed up to enjoy readings of Dr. Seuss. Besides the funny-looking hats, a number of teachers and students also wore their pajamas to school as the Oaklandvale Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day. The National Education AsFully Licensed & Insured A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE: Saugus Police Department K-9 Officer Tim Fawcett reads from the Dr. Seuss classic children’s book “The Cat in the Hat” as students in Andrea Proctor’s first grade class at the Oaklandvale Elementary School listen intently. sociation launched the annual event in 1997, and the celebration has become a tradition that grade school students in Saugus – like in communities throughout the nation – look forward to. Part of it is to celEmergency Service Available 24/7 SPECIALIZING IN KITCHEN & BATHROOM REMODELING * Heating * Cooling * Electric * Tile All Estimates Done By Owner * Drain Cleaning 781-FIX-PIPE (349-7473) • crnplumbing@gmail.com ebrate March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, of course. But the initiative was also designed to spur students to having fun while reading. A pair of Saugus police officers also read at the Oaklandvale Elementary School last Friday: Lt. Michael Ricciardelli and K-9 Officer Tim Fawcett visited first-grade students. Lt. Ricciardelli read “Ten Apples Up On Top!” and Officer Fawcett read “The Cat in the Hat” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” Students at the school convinced Lt. Ricciardelli and Officer Fawcett to join them in a dance after they finished the books. “Dr. Seuss’ birthday provided officers with a great opportunity to visit students and be a part of their learning in a fun 505 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 Tel: 617-387-1120 www.gkdental.com • Family Dentistry • Crowns • Bridges • Veneers/Lumineers • Dental Implants • All on 4 Dental Implants • Emergency Dentist • Kid Friendly Dentist • Root Canals • Dentures • Invisalign Braces • Snap On Smile • Teeth Whitening We are the smile care experts for your entire family and interactive way,” Interim Police Chief Ronald Giorgetti said. “Officers had a great time reading some of students’ favorite books and we plan to replicate this initiative next year,” Giorgetti said. A “CAT IN THE HAT” COMBO: Saugus Fire Chief Michael C. Newbury joins his daughter Mia, 6, in her kindergarten class at the Oaklandvale Elementary School last Friday in celebrating Read Across America Day. They also each wore that special tall red-andwhite-striped hat that was popularized in Dr. Seuss’s classic childrens book “The Cat in the Hat.” For story and more photos on how the school celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday and reading, see inside. (Saugus Advocate Photos by Mark E. Vogler) SHE’S GOT THEIR ATTENTION: Deanna Martin teaches her kindergarten students letters of the alphabet while dressing up like “The Cat in the Hat” during Read Across America Day. COP IN THE CLASSROOM: Saugus Police Lt. Michael Ricciardelli reads “Ten Apples Up On Top!” to Jennifer Ricciardelli’s Grade 1 class at the Oaklandvale Elementary School last Friday during “Read Across America Day.” In House Dental Plan for $399 (Cleanings, X-Rays, Exams twice a year and 20% OFF Dental work) Schedule your FREE Consultations today FUN READING: Saugus Fire Chief Michael C. Newbury reads Dr. Seuss’s “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!” while donning a hat from Dr. Seuss’s “Cat in the Hat” in a room full of kindergarten students while celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday last Friday at the Oaklandvale Elementary School.

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