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Bel-Aire Elementary School

Tullahoma, TN

Dr. Seuss wisely said, “Think and wonder, wonder and think.” The Bel-Aire Elementary Bees in Tullahoma, Tennessee, now have a Dr. Seuss-themed reading room where they will be able to do just that. On the morning of Monday, March 18, students, staff, administrators and special guests gathered for an all-school assembly to celebrate the opening of the reading room. During the ceremony, students learned the meaning of “Think Big” and attendees were treated to a rendition of “Cantamos! (We Sing)” by the Bel-Aire Chorus. After the spirited assembly, guests were escorted to the reading room where they were transported into a Seussical wonderland. An entire wall is devoted to king-sized portraits of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters including the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Sam-I-am and the Grinch. The remaining walls are painted sapphire blue with baby blue circles strategically placed throughout the room which give it a colorful, playful look. The classroom window is decorated with fish from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish representing how much fun reading can be. Students have numerous seating options including an oversized bright red couch, comfortable chairs and not one, but two bathtubs, including a freestanding clawfoot tub. Cushions and pillows line the tubs making them ideal places to “soak” in a reading adventure. This is the first reading room to be located in Tullahoma City Schools and the sixth reading room to be sponsored by The Deaver Phoenix Foundation.

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