The readings are part of the annual birthday celebration of Dr. Seuss (or to be more accurate Dr. Theodor Geisel), along with a number of activities that took place throughout school districts in the Imperial Valley.
Brawley was no exception to the festivities as Nava and two other people read from the works of the author best-known for the classic “The Cat in The Hat.”
Liz Casey, a resource teacher at Myron D. Witter Elementary School, explained that a different reader was assigned to a different grade level during the Dr. Seuss celebration that featured the children — and some of the staff — dressed in pajamas.
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The celebration was done Thursday because classes were not going to be in session today, Casey said.
“The kids will be able to celebrate it one day early,” Casey said.
Mary Ester Castillo, an employee of Vons grocery store, read to kindergarten students, and Liz Gonzales, owner of the Hart Insurance agency in Brawley, amused first-grade students with Dr. Seuss books.
Dr. Ron Stillman, who practices general dentistry in Brawley, read to third-grade students during the day which left Nava with a group of about 220 second-grade students.
Nava strained his voice after reading from three consecutive children’s books from the celebrated author as some of the children in the back of the school cafeteria began to get restless.
In a bit of mayoral boosterism Nava spoke about some of the commercial development going on in Brawley but also stressed the importance of reading.
Use the library, Nava told the children, “because it’s really a great resource.”
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