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.
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.
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.