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Hats off to reading: Thorsby students hold hat parade

By Scott Mims

Thorsby kindergarteners, first and second graders participated in a “hat parade” Friday afternoon led by the school’s marching band.
The parade ended a week of activities held in conjunction with Read Across America Day, which coincides with the birthday of famous children’s author and illustrator Dr. Seuss. The parade went along with this year’s Read Across America theme, “Grab a Hat and Read with the Cat.”
At the end of the day, school administrators waved goodbye to the students from atop the school’s roof.
Faculty members and administrators also donned hats of all colors and sizes.
“They’ve been reading books throughout the month,” said Thorsby reading coach Karen Watley. “They read books to see who got on the roof.”
Thorsby history teacher Ken Copen, lunchroom manager Debbie Dutton and assistant principal Carlton LeSueur all were good sports and went up on the roof Friday.
Other activities were held throughout the week. Students got to eat some green eggs and ham and pay tribute to their favorite Dr. Seuss book of the same title.
They also wore silly socks and read “Fox in Socks.”
Thorsby joined schools across the county in celebrating the importance of reading for a week.