LEICESTER, Mass. — The teachers and staff at Leicester Primary School had a Dr. Seuss-inspired cake war Thursday, with teams creating their own confectionery cats in hats and frosted foxes in socks to celebrate the 109th birthday of the beloved children's author.
The friendly contest was led by the school's Sunshine Club, which typically organizes celebrations when faculty members have birthdays or weddings.
"Our mission this year was to boost morale in the school and bring a lot of fun things to do," art teacher Kristen Pike said. "In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, we decided that we would do a schoolwide celebration."
To kick off the day of festivities, educators formed nine teams and came together after school in the library Thursday to decorate their cakes.
"We wanted to hear the giggling and the laughing, so we said everybody has to decorate their cake together in this room," said Pike.
From balancing teetering fishbowls to mixing the bright green frosting to make the perfect green eggs and ham, the cake artists went to work on their creations, getting into the whimsical spirit of Seuss.
The superintendent and principals from Leicester High School, Middle School and Memorial School judged the cakes Friday morning.
Although the creativity behind the cakes made competition tough, in the end it was the first-grade teachers' Dr. Seuss book stack cake that took the top prize.
Many of the cakes took the joy beyond Leicester Primary. They were donated to the Sherry House in Worcester as well as the Nazareth Home For Boys.
The celebration culminated Friday afternoon with activities for the students. Principal Kathy Pelley read "Oh, The Places You'll Go" in the gymnasium, "Horton Hears A Who" was shown in the library and, of course, a feast of birthday cake was held in the cafeteria.