Students at Carrasco Elementary received a special surprise from Socorro Independent School District board trustee Paul Garcia, when he brought a special guest to a holiday reading of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
As Garcia read the holiday classic, the students screamed with delight when the Grinch peeked out from backstage. Garcia enlisted the students’ help to interact with the Grinch and talk about the importance of reading and being kind to one another.
“I’m here today because I wanted to put out a message about how it’s okay to be different,” Garcia said. “The Grinch looks different, but it’s so important that we treat each other kindly regardless, and I think the kids got that message.”
The Grinch told the students his disdain for Christmas but listened to Garcia’s and the Carrasco students’ suggestions about why it is important to be nice, to love one another and to have a big heart. Garcia also pointed out that even though everyone is different, like the green, furry Grinch, we should offer friendship to everyone to create a better world.
The trustee also had to do a few push-ups and sing some songs with the students before the Grinch began to laugh and feel the love prompting him to be kind in return.
“The Grinch didn’t like Christmas, but we learned we just needed to be kind because all he needed was a friend,” said Delilah Fuerte, a second-grade student.
The Grinch, along with school mascot, Big Red, helped Garcia award two Carrasco scholars with gifts and distributed candy canes to the entire second-grade class.
“It’s okay to be different because even if you are different, you are perfect,” second grader Angelize Naylor.
Garcia said he had a great time promoting literacy and hoped it would inspire the students to appreciate the knowledge and enjoyment that one can gain from books.
“I want to start reading a lot,” said Carrasco Elementary student Gustavo Gutierrez. “Seeing Mr. Garcia reading here at our school makes me want to see what else I can learn from reading.”