Lt. Michael Ricciardelli reads “Ten Apples Up On Top!” to first-grade students at the Oaklandvale School. (Saugus Police Department)
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Saugus police officers read Dr. Seuss to schoolchildren

SAUGUS — To celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2, Saugus Police officers visited schools in town to read some of the author's classic books to children.

Officers visited schools as part of Read Across America Day — an annual reading event that was launched in 1997 by the National Education Association to occur on, or near, March 2.

The initiative is intended to motivate students to read and have fun while doing so. Each year, schools, libraries, municipalities and community groups hold activities on Read Across America Day to celebrate reading.
Officer Dom Montano visited pre-K students at Veterans Memorial Elementary School to read Dr. Seuss' "There's a Wocket in my Pocket!"
Lt. Michael Ricciardelli and K-9 Officer Tim Fawcett visited first-grade students at the Oaklandvale School. Lt. Ricciardelli read "Ten Apples Up On Top!" and Officer Fawcett read "The Cat in the Hat" and "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish."

Students also convinced Lt. Ricciardelli and Officer Fawcett to join them in a dance after they finished the books.

"Dr. Seuss' birthday provided officers with a great opportunity to visit students and be a part of their learning in a fun and interactive way," Interim Chief Ronald Giorgetti said. "Officers had a great time reading some of students' favorite books and we plan to replicate this initiative next year."

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