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GRAB A HAT AND READ WITH THE CAT
February 17th, 2012

Celebrate Read Across Chattanoogafrom February 28 to March 3

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book to read to a child.” 

United Way of Greater Chattanooga is celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday by encouraging kids to get excited about reading. It's all part of Read Across Chattanooga, a local celebration of the National Education Association's "Read Across America" week.

February 28 through March 3, United Way will hold a reading hour at the Center Stage of Hamilton Place Mall.  Tuesday through Friday, there will be a book reading from 6 to 7 p.m. each evening, along with free book enrollments, prizes, and a book-related literacy activity for kids and their parents to enjoy. Local celebrities will be on hand to help with readings all week.

Readers will be sharing their favorite books from Dr. Seuss's library of work. Bring your children to hear one of their favorites, or maybe reminisce while listening to your favorite story from your childhood. Some scheduled readers at this time are State Senator Andy Berke, Mayor Ron Littlefield, Azusa Dance, James Howard and Kim Carson.  

The week will culminate on Saturday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a birthday party to honor Dr. Seuss. There will be snacks, book readings, activities, prizes while they last, a visit from the Cat in the Hat, and we’ll sing happy birthday to Dr. Seuss. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., children can get a learning check up at the Play Area in the Mall. Families also get a free family pass to the Creative Discovery Museum for every child who gets a learning check-up.

All these events are free to the public and all are invited to attend. For more information about United Way or this event, call 423.752.0300.

This event is sponsored by Hamilton Place Mall, WRCB TV 3, the Chattanooga Times Free Press and Sunny 92.3 FM. The Chattanooga Area Association for the Education of Young Children (CAAEYC), Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga Bicentennial Library, and Siskin Children’s Institute are partnering with United Way in hosting this event and providing literacy activities for children.

Read Across Chattanooga Event Calendar   

  • Tues., Feb. 286 to 7 p.m.: celebrity reading at Center Stage & free book enrollment. Creative Discovery Museum will be present & the Book of the day is Horton Hears a Who
  • Wed., Feb. 296 to 7 p.m.: celebrity reading at Center Stage & free book enrollment. Chattanooga Public Library will be present & the Book of the day is The Sneetches and Other Stories 
  • Thurs., Mar. 16 to 7 p.m.: celebrity reading at Center Stage & free book enrollment. CAAEYC will be present and the Book of the Day isOh The Places You’ll Go 
  • Fri., Mar. 26 to 7 p.m.: celebrity reading at Center Stage & free book enrollment. Siskin Children’s Institute will be present & the Book of the Day is Green Eggs and Ham

AND

  • Sat., Mar. 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: snacks, prizes, celebrity story time at Center Stage, free book enrollment, sing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss, and more…Book of the day –Cat in the Hat and others.

Read Across America  
Read Across America is a national day celebrating reading. The idea was first created in May 1997 as a way to get children excited about reading. It was then decided to celebrate it on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. So on March 2, 1998 the largest celebration of reading began. By celebrating Dr. Seuss, the most beloved children’s author, sends a message to children that readings is important and fun. Read Across America is now celebrated annually on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, March 2. Read Across America is sponsored by the National Education Association along with many of the country’s leading literacy and youth groups to motivate children to read. The National Education Association encourages cities and towns across the nation to host local events to celebrate and promote reading.

United Way of Greater Chattanooga 
United Way of Greater Chattanooga works to advance the common good in this region by creating opportunities for a better life for all. It does this by focusing on education, stability and support — the building blocks for a good quality of life here in the Tennessee Valley. It invites everyone to join its work. Anyone who cares about his or her community can give, advocate or volunteer. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED. Thanks to an endowment fund that covers all overhead and administrative expenses, one hundred percent of contributions received go directly to these services that help individuals and families in greater Chattanooga, including north Georgia and northeast Alabama.

Posted by Kelley Nave

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