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Kindergarten students hear local police officers and firefighters read Dr. Seuss stories

Parent volunteer Jennifer Fraga reads 'The Giving Tree' and some favorite Dr. Seuss books to fourth-graders in Ms. Brittany Vulgan's class at Holcomb Elementary School in Oregon City. The event was part of a nationwide celebration of reading.Dr. Seuss characters like the Lorax, Yurtle the TurtleGladstone Mayor Tammy Stempel reads a book to kindergarten students. and the Sneetches came to life in the imaginations of children across Gladstone and Oregon City as schools participated in Everybody Reads Day.

Kindergarten students at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families had Gladstone police officers and firefighters read stories in classrooms and during lunch, as they enjoyed green eggs and ham prepared by the school cooks.

At John Wetten Elementary, staff members dressed up as their favorite children's book characters, from Madeline and Waldo to the Cat in the Hat and Cinderella. Special guest readers included Timber Joey, State Rep. Mark Meek, State Sen. Alan Olsen and Gladstone Interim Police Chief Kim Yamashita.

"My students always love Everybody Reads Day," said first-grade teacher Liz Watkins. "They especially enjoy dressing up as their favorite book character and having the chance to read all day."

To celebrate Everybody Reads Day, staff at John Wetten Elementary dressed as their favorite story book characters, from the Cat in the Hat and Cinderella to Miss Frizzle.

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