CANTON - Canton Area Elementary School got a head start Monday on the Dr. Seuss birthday celebrations in the area.

The National Education Association's "Read Across America Day" is a nationwide reading celebration held each year on March 2, which is Dr. Seuss's birthday.

This year, however, March 2 fell on a Sunday.

In neighboring Troy Area School District, festivities are planned on Thursday at W.R. Croman Primary School. The Valley Kiwanis will hold its annual "Seusstacular Celebration" on March 8 at the Sayre Public Library.

On Monday at Canton Elementary School, kids were wearing the familiar striped "Cat in the Hat" Dr. Seuss hats, which they could bring on their own or purchase from the school.

Elementary principal John Rimmer said all the activities centered around the Dr. Seuss books were meant to promote reading.

"The kids get enthused," he commented.

He noted that some of the kids dress in full costumes.

As part of the fun and educational celebration, the students could take home books to read and get a "verification ticket" that was proof of their reading. The ticket could be entered for prizes and drawings.

In the cafeteria, students who found a winning sticker on their trays were able to win a Dr. Seuss book.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.