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Fortuna elementary students celebrate Read Across America Day

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FORTUNA- Across the nation students are celebrating a legendary children's author. March 2 marks Dr. Suess's birthday, now recognized as Read Across America Day. In Fortuna, how else to honor the late Dr. Seuss than with green eggs and ham? Of course, like the book goes, not everyone was so thrilled.

"I don't' like green eggs or ham," Ambrosini Elementary Kindergartner Sarah said.

Along with a very special lunch of green eggs and ham, Ambrosini Elementary said happy birthday to Dr. Seuss Monday with a  special morning assembly and guest readers. At noon, the entire school participated in Drop Everything and Read, a few minutes where all students were asked to spend some time with their favorite book.

"It's an excitement for reading," Principal Amy Betts said. "You know, the little kids are pretty excited about it anyway but today was just a fun day for them and they enjoyed seeing all of their teachers and me and all of the other staff members dressed up as characters so it's just been a great day."

Other schools across the area held similar celebrations on Monday and the fun continues for some of those schools with guest readers scheduled throughout the week.