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Col. Michael Greenberg, Garrison commander, reads "Oh, the THINKS you will Think" during morning announcements at Fort Belvoir Elementary School, March 1. 

“Not only for Primary but also for Upper, Not just for breakfast, but even for supper, Kids on Fort Belvoir were reading all day, And reading so much they forgot to go play!”

Friday’s morning announcements at Fort Belvoir Elementary School started it all off with Col. Michael Greenberg, Garrison commander, reading Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the THINKS you can Think” on closed-circuit TV to all of the classes.

Fort Belvoir was part of a nation-wide reading celebration involving thousands of schools, libraries and community centers celebrating the 20th anniversary of Read Across America Day, in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Primary school students listened to the silly rhymes of Dr. Seuss books, while many school administrators and Soldiers read some of their childhood favorites to the upper school kids.

“It’s an opportunity to shine a light on our love for reading,” said Jamey Chianetta, Fort Belvoir Upper School principal, after reading “I Wanna Iguana” to Ms. Duhe’s 6th grade class.

“A lot of us learned to read with Dr. Seuss books when we were younger and we loved the way those books are structured and learn rhyme and decoding skills – that’s a nice foundation and we grow into even greater books that give us story and sense of voice,” Chianetta said. 

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Jamey Chianetta, Fort Belvoir Upper School principal, reads “I Wanna Iguana” to Ms. Duhe’s 6th grade class during Read Across America celebrations, March 1.

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From left, Julianna Novale, Josie Warden, Tabitha Warden, Katie Warden and Andrew Keye dress up as Doctor Seuss characters for Read Across America day at Fort Belvoir Upper School, March 1. 

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Margo Paraja, principal of Fort Belvoir Primary School poses with Chief Johnnie Kibbler, Fort Belvoir police chief, who is wearing a Dr. Seuss hat.

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Elizabeth Rodriguez, Fort Belvoir Elementary reading teacher, reads aloud to Ms. Seger's third-grade class during Read Across America day, March 1.