Bay Ridge

Schools mark birthday of magical Dr. Seuss

March 9, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Two special guests, state Sen. Marty Golden and CEC 20 President Laurie Windsor, enjoyed reading Dr. Seuss books aloud to kids. Photo courtesy of Stefanie Meola

No one ate green eggs and ham for breakfast, but lucky students in two Southwest Brooklyn schools got the chance to enjoy the work of the famous Dr. Seuss, thanks to their teachers and some special guests.

Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, was born on March 2, 1904, and at P.S. 127 in Bay Ridge, they didn’t just take one day to mark what would have been his 112th birthday. The school celebrated for an entire week! The administration called the week of Feb. 29-March 4 “Dr. Seuss Spirit Week” and invited parents to join the fun.

Capping off the week-long event was Family Friday Pajama Day on March 4, when the students welcomed state Sen. Marty Golden, Councilmember Vincent Gentile and Laurie Windsor, president of the School District 20 Community Education Council, all of whom had a great time reading Dr. Seuss books aloud to children.

Dr. Seuss wrote more than 40 books for children, including “Horton Hears a Who” (1955), “The Cat in the Hat” (1957), “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1957) and “Green Eggs and Ham” (1960). All of his books featured memorable, colorful drawings and playful rhyming verses. He sold more than 500 million books and is credited with helping generations of American children to learn to read. Geisel died of cancer on Sept. 24, 1991.

His rich legacy was also celebrated at P.S. 186 in Bensonhurst, where John Quaglione, Golden’s deputy chief of staff, read “Ten Apples Up On Top” aloud to a class.

“It was a fun time,” Quaglione told the Brooklyn Eagle. Quaglione, the father of two small children, has been coming to P.S. 186 for three years to read to students.