Going green

RICHFIELD – Ham, scrambled eggs and a little green makes for a successful breakfast.

The first Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, held Saturday, surpassed all expectations, raising more than $1,000 for the In the Beginning Preschool, located at the Richfield United Methodist Church.

Teacher Beth Young said the idea for the fundraiser came from a parent, Jennie Seigler of Richfield.

“We thought it sounded wonderful and we said if she could lead it off, we would love to do it. She has been the brains behind this entire event and we are so excited to see it get going,” Young said.

Seigler said she wanted to come up with a way to support the school that would have a kid-friendly appeal as well as involve the community.

“I would always make green eggs and ham for my daughter Kennedy to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to get the community together for something like this?'” Seigler said.

The meal was conveniently held on the date of Seuss’ birthday. The Cat in the Hat, as portrayed by Harold Kerstetter, visited the event held at the Parish House in Richfield.

Seigler said Kerstetter is often overly booked this time of year and is typically busiest on school days. Having him come in on a Saturday was perfect for everyone.

Free Seuss books were provided to the first 100 children in attendance courtesy of the Richfield Lions Club. The Cat read “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?” at the event.

Reading Dr. Seuss books helps children prepare for kindergarten.

“We are now working with the older children on reading simple rhyming words and we are using the book ‘Hop on Pop’ as a book we hope they can soon be able to read with help from their families,” Young said.

The Parish House was standing room only. Seigler noted the rush came through shortly after opening at 8 a.m. The parents and teachers who volunteered to make the meal hoped for at least 100 people to pass through the line. Young said they fed 220 people.

“This has just far exceeded our expectations,”Seigler said, noting the group feared running out of eggs at one point and called a local restaurant for help. Parents provided much of the items for the breakfast and all ham was donated by the Richfield Women’s Club. Next year, Seigler said, may call for a larger venue.

Another fundraiser, an annual event, will include a spaghetti supper and open house, as well as the Roger Snyder 5K run set for April 6 in Richfield. Last year’s run raised $6,000 for the school.

Though the school is called “In the Beginning,” in the end all of the money raised goes toward the education of the children at the preschool.