Culver feasts on green eggs and ham

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Honoring author Dr. Seuss and event organizer, Culver teacher Cindy Dix

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Micaela and Debby Taylor read a book at Culver Elementary's 20th Green Eggs and Ham Dinner. Every child received a free book.Culver families celebrated author Dr. Seuss's Birthday with a "Green Eggs and Ham" dinner on March 2.

For the past 20 years, Culver teacher Cindy Dix has organized the dinner to help celebrate the day in style.

The same day, in conjunction with the National Education Association's "Read Across America Day," Culver students celebrated along with many other students nationwide. There was a book fair going on as well.

Some 295 people attended the dinner where they enjoyed the green eggs, ham, cinnamon toast and a birthday cake for Dr. Seuss, topped with green egg candy.

Businesses who helped sponsor the event included: Norco, Culver Parent, Teacher Organization, Culver Community Improvement Group, Safeway and Erickson's. Special thanks go to Kim Symons and Dianna Cretsinger who helped prepare the meal, and the many who helped serve and clean up.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Cindy Dix, dressed as the Cat in the Hat,  was thanked with a bouquet for her years of organizing the event in Culver.The NEA's goal is to bring together kids, teens, and books to help in their dedication of instilling a love of reading and fun.

All this happened in a balloon filled cafeteria, where each child, many dressed up as Dr. Seuss characters, received a free book and pencil. After the dinner, parents, grandparents and other adults helped read to the students.

There were several giveaways, including a special drawing for a new bike. The winner of the bike was Taran Segal.

At the end of the night, Dix was honored with flowers and a gift card from PTO members as she will be stepping down from running this special event.

"She may be a petite lady, but she's leaving some pretty big shoes to fill. I surely hope that someone steps up to keep this community event going in the coming years. Thank you Cindy for your love of reading, your love of the students, your love of Culver, and your love of having fun. You have emulated Dr. Seuss very well," said PTO member Denise Woods.