The Cat in the Hat, What Do You Think of That?
By Becky Foreman

I sat there with Sally.
We sat there, we two.
And I said, “How I wish
We had something to do!”

                                        ~ Dr. Seuss

On Thursday, March 5th there was plenty to do at Sloan-Hendrix Elementary School.
The teachers and children celebrated Literacy Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The
day was filled with activities and events for the children. Teachers and children wore costumes
of their favorite storybook characters that day. Some of the teacher’s characters consisted of
Jonna Kincade as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Becky Foreman as Hepsy Holler, a Northwest Cowgirl,
Deanna Adams as The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, Kay Wells and Stephanie Lewis as
Little Red Riding Hood, and Carolyn Smith as Cindy Ellen the Cowgirl. Beth Gosha was a pirate
from the books, “How I Became a Pirate” and “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers.” Terri Smith was
Thing 1; her son, Alex, was Thing 2. Other characters were Jennifer Grisham as The Cat in the Hat,
Sharon Freeman as Ira Sleeps Over, Chris Murphy as Junie B. Jones with a Peep in her Pocket,
Retha Taffer as Camille in a “Bad Case of Stripes,” and Bobbi Duncan as Mr. Dirkson of the series
“Help! I’m Trapped in my Teacher’s Body.” Andrea Roark and Stacey Wilson did wonderful
portraying Ruby the Copycat and Angela, whom Ruby copies from the story “Ruby, the Copycat.”
Pam Spence, school secretary, and Susan Malone, school nurse, were a great pair to be Thing 1
and Thing 2. Mr. Tate, school principal, portrayed “Mr. Grump” in his costume. Danny Brown,
school custodian, was Farmer Brown from “Click, Clack, Moo.” Several of the children came to
school in storybook character attire ranging from a super cute Molly Lou Melon, Fancy Nancy, The
Cat in the Hat, Skippyjon Jones, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Scooby Doo’s Wilma,
cowboys, Indians, princesses and more.

The lunchroom got in on the fun by serving green eggs and ham for breakfast and Dr. Seuss birthday
cake with our lunch. Also, Mrs. Margaret portrayed a super Raggedy Ann.

One of our events consisted of inviting guests to read to the classes. Mr. and Mrs. Allen, members
of the Sloan-Hendrix GUARD program, read the story “Motorcycle Photo” to  a few of the classes.
They wore their riding gear and brought in pictures from some of their motorcycle trips. Dana Wells,
superintendent’s secretary, portrayed a magical “Alice the Fairy.”  Dana’s attire reflected Alice in her
story and she explained to the children how to use their imagination to pretend and make magic happen.
Shara Phares, school counselor, along with her
daughter, Lakyn, shared the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Mrs. Phares was Mother Bear
while Lakyn portrayed Goldilocks. Mrs. Phares questioned the children about if it was right or
wrong for Goldilocks to help herself into the bear’s house since the door was left open. Goldilocks
claimed that she was just curious about what was in the bear’s house. They also disguised what you
should do if you break something that belongs to someone else. Jonna Kincade shared her
background knowledge of Laura Ingalls Wilder by reading some of her stories and sharing her
experience of going to the Laura Ingalls Wilder home and museum in Mansfield, Missouri. We also
enjoyed other faculty and staff members sharing the stories of the characters that they portrayed.

We were entertained by a skit from the Sloan- Hendrix High School drama club. The skit consisted of
different acts from Dr. Seuss books, such as “The Cat in the Hat,” “There’s a Wocket in my
Pocket,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” and “Fox in Socks.” The performances were wonderful. The
children seemed to be mesmerized watching the different acts. We want to send out a special thank
you to the drama club for the time they spent working on the stage props and performing the skits. It
was a wonderful way to conclude our Literacy Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

We want our children to understand not only the importance of reading but also the enjoyment of
reading. We want our children to know that reading is a very valuable tool in work and in play.

The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more places you’ll go.

                                         ~ Dr. Seuss