BY REBECCA BENNETT — On Friday, March 13, staff and students at University Park Elementary School (UPES) celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The widely-acclaimed author was born on March 2, 1904.

The annual UPES Dr. Seuss breakfast centered around familiar Seuss-style decorations from works such as The Lorax and Cat in the Hat, as well as readings, songs and pre-K through second graders dining on green eggs and ham.

“It’s my first time seeing the Dr. Seuss breakfast,” UPES Principal Toi Davis said. “It’s very well organized.”

Dave Dawson, a UPES parent, said it was his third and last time at the breakfast, because his children were aging out of the event. “The kids love it. It is fun to see their reaction when they get green eggs and ham,” Dawson said.

One parent helping to dish out the infamous green eggs and ham said, “It’s all about the presentation. How you plate green eggs and ham is very important.”

Hyattsville City Councilmember Tim Hunt (Ward 3), who is currently a substitute teacher for UPES, said, “My kids have a great time.  They’ve probably eaten more toast than the green eggs and ham, but it’s an exciting experience.  It’s fun to watch how some of the kids love eating it, some kids try a little and how some kids won’t touch it.”