Students in Ascension  celebrate Dr. Seuss Day

Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Alden Charlet, 12, right, starts the game 'Seuss A Phone' with Jenniah Williams, 7, of Belle Rose Primary, during an even called  'Dr. Seuss 109th Birthday Bash!' at Ascension Catholic Primary School.
Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Alden Charlet, 12, right, starts the game 'Seuss A Phone' with Jenniah Williams, 7, of Belle Rose Primary, during an even called 'Dr. Seuss 109th Birthday Bash!' at Ascension Catholic Primary School.

Dozens of red-and-white tall hats dotted the Ascension Catholic Primary School playground as visitors from an Assumption Parish first-grade classroom dashed through games celebrating the birthday of author Dr. Seuss.

Librarian Barbara Thibaut and teacher Dee Lemann donned orange costumes, wigs and yellow mustaches for their roles as Loraxes for the March 7 Dr. Seuss Day celebration.

The costumed duo greeted the Belle Rose Primary School students as they unloaded from the bus, and Ascension Catholic sixth-graders met them at more than a dozen Dr. Seuss-related outdoor game stations.

The two schools began partnering on activities about three years ago after good friends Thibaut and Belle Rose teacher Grace Savoie decided to introduce their students to each other.

Last year, the Ascension Catholic sixth-graders raised more than $600 by working for tips at a local grocery store.

Most of the money, Thibaut said, was used to purchase books for the Belle Rose students.

In December, the Ascension Catholic students delivered the books and read to the students.

“Our kids even wrote dedications to the Belle Rose students in the books” Thibaut said.

She said the partnership has helped her students learn about community service and “giving back to others” while promoting reading and a love of books.

“Miss Grace, this is awesome!” Belle Rose first-grader Nathan Stephens said. “I just love making Oobleck.”

Nathan and the other students made Oobleck, or green slime, iced cupcakes, took part in a life-sized bingo game and played a Dr. Seuss-themed memory game.

Sixth-grader Nyah Williams, 12, helped the younger students play “pin the green eggs on the ham” game. In the game, blind-folded students tired to place a cut-out green egg on a plate of paper ham.

“It’s just a fun day to celebrate reading,” Thibaut said.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was born March 2, 1904, wrote dozens of children’s book as Dr. Seuss. Children across the coungry celebrate his birthday, with many of the events being held March 2, proclaimed as Read Across America Day by the National Education Association.