BELMAR, NJ — If there is one author who has inspired generations of young readers, it’s undoubtedly Dr. Seuss. To celebrate what would have been his 115th birthday, Belmar Elementary School devoted the day to reading and even had some guest readers to join in.

Students in the lower grades participated in a variety of activities for National Read Across America Day on March 1.

Belmar police officer Peter Speakman and special officer Derek Fabian both had captive audience gathered around them as they read to students. Both officers are no strangers to BES. Officer Fabian serves as the school's safety officer, spending each day at the school. Speakman is the police department’s head officer for the L.E.A.D. program (Law Enforcement Against Drugs), who is assisted by police officers Erik Lieb and Corey Whitman in addressing issues of drug abuse, bullying and violence with students during the school year.

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In preschool teacher Jackie Dahrouge’s class, the youngsters came to school in their pajamas to read the Dr. Seuss favorite, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” and to make their own fishing game.

Patricia Glab’s pre-kindergartners, dressed as Cats in the Hats, enjoyed the day with a visit from Miss Central Jersey Beaches Jade Glab, a BES graduate as well.

Read Across America Day was started by the National Education Association in 1997 to help encourage kids to read more and to celebrate the birthday of author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

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