Written by Montrea Signater, AmeriCorps Member serving on the Lamar Advertising Company team at Melrose Elementary School

Oh, the places you'll go and the books you'll read! Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known by the moniker "Dr. Seuss," was born March 2,1904. Geisel adopted the name "Dr. Seuss" from his time at Dartmouth College and the University of Oxford. After being in the army and going to war, Dr. Seuss focused on writing his classic books, which include: If I Ran the Zoo (1950), The Cat in the Hat (1957) and Green Eggs and Ham (1960). To celebrate the beloved author, Read Across America-- an annual reading awareness program-- holds a day dedicated to reading his classics.

We celebrated Dr. Seuss and Read Across America with our annual event: Real Men Read. Men in the community and surrounding areas volunteer in schools to read Dr. Seuss books to children. Last Friday, Melrose Elementary hosted several community volunteers. The event started off with a nice breakfast and mingle in the library before the men were assigned to the classroom that they would be reading in, ranging from grades Pre K to 5th grade. Volunteers also took part in the door decorating contest. Once each book was finished, they had the opportunity to work with all of the teachers' classrooms and judge their doors decorated in keeping with the Dr. Seuss theme. 

Real Men Read was a great event! We were happy to have many different men come from all different occupations and companies to serve our students, including fellow AmeriCorps members from other partner schools. 

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