TICONDEROGA Children at Ticonderoga Elementary School held a birthday party of sorts June 19, dedicating their annual year-end field day to Dr. Seuss.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of his first book, The Cat in the Hat.
Weve been reading Dr Seuss all year, so this made sense to us, explained Michelle Eicher, a teacher who helped organize the field day. I think everyone will have fun.
It certainly appeared that way. Nearly 400 children filled Sentinel Field to compete in serious events like The Cat in the Hat race, which pitted runners holding fish bowls of water on their heads.
And there was the Horton Hears a Who race, which had students use chopsticks to pick up cotton balls under a water sprinkler.
Among the more popular events on the hot day was the Im Not Going to Get Out of Bed race, which required children to pass a bucket of water filled with holes overhead to the end of a line.
There as also the Green Eggs and Ham relay race, the How the Grinch Stole Christmas race and the Horton Hatches an Egg relay.
Its a great day to be a kid, music teacher Wayne Chagnon said.
Following the field day students were treated to healthy snacks provided by the Ticonderoga Teachers Association, Ticonderoga Parent-Teacher Organization, McDonalds and Green Mountain Marketplace.
Assisting Eicher in planning the field day were Nicole Egan, Kerry Fingland, Thernda Burgey and Julie MacAlpine.
Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, who died in 1991, continues to rank among Americas most popular childrens authors. He wrote The Cat in the Hat in 1957 because he felt that there should be more entertaining and fun material for beginning readers.
In the book, the Cat brings a cheerful, exotic and exuberant chaos to a household of two young children one rainy day while their mother is out.
Each year Ticonderoga Elementary Schools year-end field day has a different theme. Last year it was Hawaii, which features a series of beach games. In 2005 it was the Olympics and included a parade of classes into the stadium.