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Se:kik Masik, Dr. Seuss!

SRES students Darius Burke and Dante Davis happily hold up their books after the Wacky Wednesday Dr. Seuss celebration.

Every year, SRES dedicates an entire week to Dr. Seuss, filled with fun activities for students and faculty. The famous children’s book author was born on March 2. This year, February 28 through March 3 was “Seussical Spirit Week,” which included Fox in Socks Day, Green Eggs and Ham Day, Wacky Wednesday, Oh, the Places You’ll Go Day, and Character Day.

On Wacky Wednesday, the notes of “Se:kik Masik, Dr. Seuss” (“Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss”) lingered throughout the school as students, staff and faculty sang to the Cat in the Hat, who made an appearance. Special guest, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Vice-President Martin Harvier, delivered a keynote speech, and Council Member Deanna Scabby also was present.

“Reading is so important. It [helps] you understand things [and] it’s going to help you in all areas [of life]. It’s often said that you can pick up any book and travel anywhere in the world by reading that book. It makes your mind grow,” said Harvier. “So I encourage you to listen to the teachers [and] listen to your parents. When you learn to say or pronounce words or sentences, also understand what the [words] mean. A lot of the time we read and don’t know what the words mean. [Don’t be afraid to] pick up a dictionary to look up the words.”

A child from ECEC is dressed as Cindy Lou, a Dr. Seuss character. Vice-President Martin Harvier reads Wacky Wednesday to the students.
Harvier provided a quote to the students and encouraged them to read. He explained that while computers might seem to know everything, we as human beings with our knowledge built the first computers and gave them the knowledge. Today, when we use the Internet to find answers to our questions, we still do so by reading.

The school also recognized the Salt River Tribal Library, which graciously donated approximately 280 books for the Read Across Salt River celebration. Each child received a copy of either Wacky Wednesday or The Boy on Fairfield Street and a bookmark printed with a reader’s oath. Each child raised their right hand and took the reader’s oath, promising to always read.