Local online students perform play on Dr. Seuss's birthday
On March 2, Dr. Seuss's birthday, educators and students in schools all over the United States celebrated the day, called Read Across America, including online students from Oregon Connections Academy. Four online students from the Molalla area dressed up in Dr. Seuss themed costumes to perform in a special online lesson for students from around the state.
Read Across America began in 1998 as the result of a small reading task force from the National Education Association, who thought up the day as a way to celebrate and encourage reading.
"We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football," the group said, according to NEA's website. "We assemble to remember that Character Counts. Why don't we do something to get kids excited about reading? We'll call it 'NEA's Read Across America' and we'll celebrate it on Dr. Seuss's birthday."
A teacher from ORCA offered the Peterson girls, Ingrid (12), Grace (11), Audrey (7) and Raquel (5), the chance to participate this year because of their involvement in the school's reading program and because Grace is a part of the student government as a sixth grade senator.
"She's like, 'Do you want to participate in this?' and we were like, 'Sure, why not?'" Ingrid said.
The opportunity was a perfect fit for the girls since they often plan and perform plays for fun on their own, according to Audrey.
It was especially fitting for Grace, who wants to be an author, and is currently writing a book called "The Wizard's Hope."
"It's where this one kid is trying to find the enchantress and trainer," Grace said. "That way she can save the good from the war. I shared it in writing workshop."
The live lesson Friday was one of several that the girls participate in each week through ORCA. And they do it from home or from wherever they happen to be that day.
"I did a live lesson while I was on a field trip because I couldn't miss it," Ingrid said. "So I was on the carousel during my lesson, and I was like, 'This is the best day ever.'"
The Dr. Seuss play, starring the Peterson girls and a teacher dressed to the max in a Cat in the Hat costume, was the grand finale of ORCA's Dr. Seuss Live Lessons Friday. About 600 ORCA students participated throughout the day, and around 90 students tuned in for the play, according to school officials.