“Goo” times with Dr. Seuss at Pond Road Middle School

“But we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” – The Cat in the Hat

Sharon School kindergartner Sydney Soriano has a ferociously good time with a cup of sticky “oobleck” at Dr. Seuss Night. Oobleck is the green precipitation that wreaks havoc in the kingdom of Didd in Dr. Seuss’ book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.”

Sharon School kindergartner Sydney Soriano has a ferociously good time with a cup of sticky “oobleck” at Dr. Seuss Night. Oobleck is the green precipitation that wreaks havoc in the kingdom of Didd in Dr. Seuss’ book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.”

ROBBINSVILLE – Seussian silliness invaded Pond Road Middle School, where plates of green eggs and ham had more looks than tastes and gooey “oobleck” stuck to kids like wallpaper paste.

More than 500 township children and their parents flocked to Dr. Seuss Night on Feb. 21 to celebrate author Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, with arts and crafts, foods, games and contests inspired by the characters and stories in some of his most enduring books, such as “The Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Daisy-Head Maize,” “Yertle the Turtle,” and “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.”

“We picked all different Dr. Seuss books and we based crafts on the different books,” explained Sharon School third-grade teacher Megan Steigerwald, who organized the event with teachers Steve DiMatteo and Amanda Matticks.

“So there’s the room for ‘Oh, All the Places You’ll Go’ where the kids will make a suitcase to carry around all the different things that they make, we have a Lorax room, a Daisy-Head Mayzie place where they decorate a headband with a flower on top, and so on,” Steigerwald said. “It all goes with the different books.”

In the cafeteria, teacher Dawn Brunow wore the Cat in the Hat’s red-and-white striped stovepipe hat as she served up scrambled green eggs and ham, compliments of the Hightstown Diner. But most kids skipped the green eggs and made a beeline straight to cups of blue Jell-O filled with red Swedish Fish, a dessert that paid homage to Dr. Seuss’s “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” book.

The 8-year-old Lichtenfeld triplets vote for their favorite Dr. Seuss books during the Seussian festivities at Pond Road Middle School on Feb. 21. From left are Iyla, Leah and Belinda, who are wearing Daisy-Head Mayzie  flower hairpieces like the popular character of Dr. Seuss’ last book.

The 8-year-old Lichtenfeld triplets vote for their favorite Dr. Seuss books during the Seussian festivities at Pond Road Middle School on Feb. 21. From left are Iyla, Leah and Belinda, who are wearing Daisy-Head Mayzie flower hairpieces like the popular character of Dr. Seuss’ last book.

Even more popular than blue Jell-O, was a treat they couldn’t eat: gooey oobleck that an assembly line of teachers and volunteers were creating with cornstarch, water and green dye inside two classrooms. Oobleck is the sticky green precipitation that falls from the sky and creates havoc in the kingdom of Didd in Dr. Seuss’ be-careful-what-you-wish-for story of “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.”

“The kids really love the oobleck slime, that’s very popular, so we needed to have two different classrooms set up for that,” DiMatteo said.

In the hallway, there was an “estimation station” with prizes of free Dr. Seuss books to the children who could come closest to correctly guessing the number of goldfish crackers, jelly beans and animal cracker cookies in three jars.

Sharon School teacher Dawn Brunow, dons the Cat in the Hat’s stovepipe hat to serve up green eggs and ham to the hundreds of children and their parents at Dr. Seuss Night.

Sharon School teacher Dawn Brunow, dons the Cat in the Hat’s stovepipe hat to serve up green eggs and ham.

Around the corner, students were casting ballots for their favorite Dr. Seuss book by creating a life-size pictograph across a wall of red lockers that displayed votes for the four book choices: “Horton Hears a Who,” “Yertle the Turtle,” “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,” and “The Cat in the Hat.”

Belinda, Iyla and Leah Lichtenfeld, each wearing huge paper flowers in their hair like the Seussian character Daisy McGrew in “Daisy-Head Mayzie,” lined up for ballots at the crowded book-voting table. After pondering their choices, the three girls each voted for “One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish” by taping a drawing of a fish on the wall of lockers next to the title of that book.

As more students cast their votes and the number of fish on the lockers increased, it soon became apparent that the Lichtenfeld triplets had their finger on the pulse of Robbinsville’s Seussian tastes. “One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish” won the balloting in a landslide.

The winners of the three estimation station activities were: second-grader Britt Reid, whose guess of 1,300 goldfish crackers was only six shy of the actual number; first-grader Carmine Clemente, whose guess of 500 jellybeans was only 15 candy pieces higher than the actual number; and third-grader Abigail Dorval whose guess of 658 animal crackers was right on the button.

 

 

 

 

 


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