March 2 is National Read Across America Day in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  Thanks to this celebration, I’ve become a big fan of Dr. Seuss.  His birthday’s provided a lot of opportunities for me to read to the students who attend our schools here in Coffee County.  

I recently read to two 4th Grade classes at East Coffee Elementary.  The room was filled with students who eagerly listened as I read.  They were attentive and engaged and each of them gave me a special thank-you note that they had decorated and written in.  These are treasures I’ll hold on to.

This past week, I read to the Pre-K students at Hickerson Station Elementary.  I sat in a rocking chair as the students sat around me and listened to one of Dr. Seuss’ books with great intensity and interest.  When I finished reading and was leaving, Dr. LaDonna McFall, the School Superintendent for Coffee County Schools was waiting in the wings to read another book.

As Dr. Seuss would say “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go”.

I hope my reading to the students helps put them on the path of places they want to go in life.  For me, the pleasure and privilege of reading to them is not only the highlight of my day but, in some cases, the highlight of my week.


Gary Cordell

Coffee County Mayor