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Words by Dr. Seuss, Jordan stir students

PITTSBORO — Air Jordan is whom they were expecting.

They got Dr. Jordan.

It was a slam dunk.

“Oh, the places you’ll go!” Chatham County Schools superintendent Derrick D. Jordan read to the Pittsboro Elementary School students from Lynn Meyers’ and Dianne Gordon’s classrooms Thursday in the name of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.  

The National Education Association annually honors the March 2 birth of Dr. Seuss with Read Across America that promotes reading among young people.

So Jordan — the superintendent — nestled into a chair in the Pittsboro Elementary library and took some of principal Chris Poston's first-graders on a journey with Dr.   Seuss, helped them get an idea of the places they could go, told them about some of the neat places he’d been, like Mexico.

But Jordan said Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was one of his favorite spots to visit when he was a kid.

A student asked Jordan about his reading preferences. The superintendent, who used to be a high school English teacher, said that he enjoyed “Beowulf” — even though it’s a pretty challenging read.

Superintendent Reads Across America