Sibley Elementary School volunteer Steve Lund explains different types of rain forests to students in Allison Miller's fourth-grade class Monday. He was among several community members to read books to students. -- Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune
Sibley Elementary School volunteer Steve Lund explains different types of rain forests to students in Allison Miller's fourth-grade class Monday. He was among several community members to read books to students. -- Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune

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Community members read Dr. Seuss books at Sibley Elementary

Published 12:00pm Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Community members read books to students Monday at Sibley Elementary School as part of a celebration of the birthday week of author Dr. Seuss.

Albert Lea firefighter Bart Berven, right, calls on a student with her hand up Monday at Sibley Elementary School as community members read Dr. Seuss books to Sibley Elementary School students. With him is firefighter Chris Harveaux. -- Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune
Albert Lea firefighter Bart Berven, right, calls on a student with her hand up Monday at Sibley Elementary School as community members read Dr. Seuss books to Sibley Elementary School students. With him is firefighter Chris Harveaux. — Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune

It was the fourth year community members have come to the school to read.

The program is coordinated by Linda Bottelson, volunteer coordinator at Sibley for the Minnesota Reading Corps.

“We want to give community leaders the chance to come to school to see how important reading is in people’s lives,” she said.

Steve Lund, who regularly volunteers to read at Sibley, participated Monday. He read “If I Ran the Rain Forest” to fourth-graders in Allison Miller’s class. He told the students there are Dr. Seuss books out now he had never seen before.

“I thought I had heard of them all,” he said.

According to an official Dr. Seuss website, Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books under the name Dr. Seuss and wrote many additional books under the pen name Theo LeSieg, which are now published with the Dr. Seuss named attached.

Albert Lea Police Department Lt. Darin Palmer reads "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" by Dr. Seuss to children in second-grade teacher Beth Faber's class Monday at Sibley Elementary School.
Albert Lea Police Department Lt. Darin Palmer reads “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back” by Dr. Seuss to children in second-grade teacher Beth Faber’s class Monday at Sibley Elementary School.

The children in the class learned how rain forests are also called jungles and where they can be found, primarily near the equator but also at times in mountains.

“There are lots of different animals than in Albert Lea, too,” Lund said.

Bottelson said she had 17 volunteer readers this year and said it likely will be the final year for her running the reading program.

The school celebrated I Love to Read Month this week with wearing fun clothing.

Sibley Elementary School volunteer Beth Spande reads the Dr. Seuss book "If I Ran the Rain Forest" to fourth-graders in Erika Youlden's class Monday. -- Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune
Sibley Elementary School volunteer Beth Spande reads the Dr. Seuss book “If I Ran the Rain Forest” to fourth-graders in Erika Youlden’s class Monday. — Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune

Monday was a day for crazy hats and socks. Students wore shirts with words on them today. They will dress for the tropics on Wednesday. On Thursday, they are encouraged to dress like a Dr. Seuss character. They can wear pajamas to school on Friday, and there will be a school celebration of reading that day. Students are encouraged to bring a blanket to school, too.

They might not look chipper, but Jadon Betz, left, and Lauren Rhodes were engrossed in a Dr. Seuss book being read by volunteer Beth Spande on Monday in fourth-grade teacher Erika Youlden's class at Sibley Elementary School. -- Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune
They might not look chipper, but Jadon Betz, left, and Lauren Rhodes were engrossed in a Dr. Seuss book being read by volunteer Beth Spande on Monday in fourth-grade teacher Erika Youlden’s class at Sibley Elementary School. — Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune

Bottelson will supply the students with a worksheet to document what they have read over spring break, which is next week. She will hand out prizes for reading books when they return.