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Read Across America Day Kicks Off With a Parade of Characters in Berlin

Teachers at Hubbard School in Berlin dressed as their favorite book characters to celebrate Read Across America Day.

Teachers at Hubbard School in Berlin dressed as their favorite book characters to celebrate Read Across America Day.

The classrooms at Hubbard School in Berlin were filled with book characters, including Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf, Amelia Bedelia, Captain Underpants, Pinkalicious, and Thing 1 and Thing 2. Teachers, staff, and administrators at the school dressed up as their favorite book characters today to kick off Read Across America Day and celebrate the birthday of beloved author Dr. Seuss.

“It was a big surprise for the students,” said Debbie Lamond, media and technology

CEA President Sheila Cohen (center) posed with Berlin kindergarten students and teacher Ali Lacroix (left-dressed as the tree from the book Chica Chica Boom Boom)  after reading "Green Eggs and Ham."

CEA President Sheila Cohen (center) posed with Berlin kindergarten students and teacher Ali Lacroix (at left, dressed as the tree from the book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”) after reading “Green Eggs and Ham.”

specialist at Hubbard Elementary. “All of the teachers and staff dressed up. Even the principal and vice principal participated as the big bad wolf and little red riding hood–and the students loved it,” she said.

The students sat in the halls outside their classrooms, as their teachers strutted their stuff in a parade, many carrying the books that inspired the characters they portrayed.

Nearly two dozen special guests read to students in grades K-2, including CEA President Sheila Cohen and CEA Vice President Jeff Leake, who brought their favorite

CEA Vice President Jeff Leake read The Sneeches to Becky Lorch's (far left dressed as Waldo) second grade class to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday

CEA Vice President Jeff Leake read “The Sneetches” to Becky Lorch’s (far left dressed as Waldo) second grade class to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Dr. Seuss books with them and then donated them to the school.

Cohen, who was decked out in Cat in the Hat apparel, including the iconic red and white floppy hat, scarf, and numerous pins, read Green Eggs and Ham to a dozen students in Ali Lacroix’s kindergarten class.

Leake read to the school’s two second grade classes, stopping first in Lisa Rouleau’s class, where he read Yertle the Turtle, and later visiting Becky Lorch’s class, where he read The Sneetches.

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