“Grab a Hat and Read with The Cat!” was the theme for Read Across America Day at Seventh Ward Elementary School.

Students wore hats they created of their favorite Dr. Seuss stories while listening to his newest book, “What Pet Should I Get?”

After a breakfast of green eggs and ham prepared by the cafeteria staff, The Cat in the Hat, played by librarian Amy Millet, opened the box to release Thing 1, played by paraprofessional Rosie Barnett, and Thing 2, speech language pathologist Adele Kleinpeter, who quickly escaped and wreaked havoc in many classrooms before returning to their box. Other teachers dressed as characters from “One Fish, Two Fish,” “The Lorax,” and “Horton Hears a Who.”

All students went home with Dr. Seuss stickers and bookmarks. At the end of the day, a drawing determined the winners of a tote bag and free book, drawn from each grade level.

Winners were: kindergarten, Abigail Arnold; first grade, Kamryn Beard; second grade, Andi Smith; third grade, Elizabeth Harrell; fourth grade, Emma Ruckman; and fifth grade, Cade Baker.