Pajama-clad students and teachers throughout Faulkner County on Tuesday ate green eggs and ham and read books with imaginative characters and rhymes.
The event was "Read Across America Day," an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association held in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The number of books read mounted up into the double digits with names such as "The Cat in the Hat," "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" and "Horton Hears a Who."
Managers from Waffle House served kindergarten and first grade students at Vilonia Elementary green eggs and ham in their classrooms as the Cat in the Hat visited with students. Some of the students were also in costumes.
"We are just having a good day," said teacher Paula Campbell. "But, we are learning a lot also. We are rotating classrooms and reading and reading and reading."
The teachers and students also participated in a door decorating contest, where first place went to first grade teacher Julie Dayberry and her students who decorated with the theme "Fox in Socks Think Our Socks Rock." The second place award went to teacher Amy Davidson and her kindergarteners. Third place went to teacher Ali Allison and her kindergarten class. Teacher Laura Huffmaster and her students took fourth place.
At Mt. Vernon/Enola Elementary School, principal Rob Rollins said he had searched everywhere for some special Tuesday attire. "I couldn’t find [character] pajamas anywhere," he said. Nevertheless, he said, he and his staff were committed to wearing pajamas for the day along with the students.
The students ate green eggs and ham and participated in games for prizes, and D.E.A.R. time was expanded. Rollins explained that D.E.A.R. is an acronym for "Drop Everything and Read," a regular event at the school.
The school also hosted KTHV meteorologist Tom Brannon, Faulkner County’s Toadmaster, Mrs. Arkansas and Maj. Andy Shock of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department. In addition, the school held a blood drive for parents during the event.