Children are entertained and delighted at Read Across Town event

Sunday, March 4, 2012
Lauren Gant reads from 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot, Low Foot, High Foot' in the lobby of Security Bank. Volunteer readers took turns reading different books to kids in various buildings within walking distance.

"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.

Betty Jackson reads from the book 'Chicken Big' by Keith Graves at the McIver's Public Grant Library. If all goes according to plan this would be the last year the library hosts the Read Across Town event in their current building.
Students from Dyersburg Middle School volunteered for different activities at the Read Across Town event. DMS students filled the role of servers, face painters, and door greeters.

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.

Dr. Seuss once said that children want to laugh, be challenged, entertained and delighted. During Thursday evening's Read Across Town event kids were delighted and entertained by different stories presented by 18 different volunteer readers.

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.

Megan Madden of Security Bank reads to a group of children during the Read Across Town event on Thursday.

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." -- Dr. Seuss

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  • Thanks to Betty Jackson for reading my book CHICKEN BIG to the children! Hope you all had BIG fun.


    -- Posted by kgraves on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 12:38 PM
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