Lubbock elementary school set sights to break world record

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Updated: 3/15/2014 10:02 pm

You've read his books since childhood. 'The Lorax', 'Green Eggs and Ham', 'Horton Hears a Who', fun-loving books written by Theodore Geisel- better known as Dr. Seuss.

So, imagine an entire school, listening to another doctor, Frazier Crane, aka Kelsey Grammar, reading 'The Cat in Hat,' while wearing those familiar striped tophats the entire time.

For active kindergarteners through fifth graders, that six minutes may have seemed like an eternity. This event is the capper to literacy week.

"Reading and literacy is fundamental for everything. Reading is apart of every content area that you're going to study, and be able to learn. So, if you're not reading, you're not going to be able to succeed in any other content area," said Principal Denise Smith.

This Dr. Seuss sit-in was spearheaded by first grade teacher Heather Moore and her son, Reece.

"This exciting to me because I love Dr. Seuss books and reading so it's kind of a mixture," said Reece.

"We came across it and we were like '281 people, that's easy, we've got over 400 students'. So both of us just thought together that this just needs to be done," Moore said.

One thing is clear: Dr. Seuss remains a favorite for parents and teachers too.

"He's pretty creative. I think his style of writing is different and a bit poetic. So, that leaves a little bit imagination for kids," said parent Don Baldwin.

"I just think the rhyme and tempo of his writing is so fun and the illustrations fun and imaginative," said Smith.

Mayor Glen Robertson, in proper hat attire, recognized the students and educators with a proclamation from the City of Lubbock.

The message to everyone is that reading is fun and being a good reader is a necessity.

"Anybody can read. I think it's just about learning how. If you're a struggling reader, it's just about creativity," said Baldwin.

"Reading is supposed to be fun because the more the read, ofcourse the better you get and it's just something where you have your own little imagination and your movie in your mind," said Moore.

And Dr. Seuss is proof that you're never too old for a little rhyme time.

The school broke the record. It will officially go down as 626 people wearing Cat in the Hat hats while listening to the story.

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