Children are entertained and delighted at Read Across Town event
"Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted." -- Theodore Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss
Every year around March 2, the National Education Association encourages and sponsors a Read Across America event for kids in each community to celebrate reading on the birthday of beloved children's author Theodore Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss. Here in our very own community, the author was celebrated in the annual Read Across Town event hosted by McIver's Grant Public Library on Thursday afternoon.
The author who created characters such as the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax and Sneetches, authored 44 books before his death in 1991. Today Dr. Seuss is celebrated for his creativity and imagination as well as for challenging children to think outside the box.
And to think I saw it on Mulberry Street!
Although not exactly Mulberry Street, the First Baptist fellowship hall hosted the kickoff festivities that included face painting, desserts, and other fun activities. The event was started with welcome messages from Dr. Doug Haynes and Dyersburg Mayor John Holden. Each commented on the importance of reading. The welcome messages were followed by the Oath to Read by Judge Steve Stafford, who enthusiastically engaged kids to be as loud as they could be and concluded with the presentation of the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance by area Girl Scouts.
After the kickoff festivities, kids and their parents roamed between four reading stations which had volunteer readers sharing their favorite stories in 15-minute increments. The four reading stations included McIver's Public Grant Library, First South Bank, Security Bank and First Citizens National Bank.
This year's volunteer readers included: Becky Boatright, Greg Cherry, Linda Dean, Linda DeBerry, Jennifer Elbelhar, Lauren Gant, Paulette Huddlestun, Betty Jackson, Megan Madden, Meredith McBride, Teresa McClure, Lou Newbill, Monica Robbins, Candi Smith, Sonja Tucker, Lane Wellington, Nancy West and Kristi Willis.
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." -- Dr. Seuss