News Release| Read Across America; Cal State L.A.

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CSULA student volunteers to serve up Green Eggs and Ham to local schoolchildren

Cal State L.A. joins the Read Across America initiative,
celebrates Dr. Seuss’ 106th by reading him aloud

Los Angeles, CA – Cal State L.A. will join the Cat in the Hat in bringing the fun of reading to schoolchildren at five local elementary schools as part of the National Education Association (NEA)’s Read Across America festivities.

On Feb. 26, Mar. 3 and Mar. 12, with a spirit that would make Whoville proud, teams of CSULA students will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 106th birthday by bringing exciting, hands-on reading activities to young students at Ann Street, Anton, Huntington Drive, Kennedy, and 99th Street Elementary Schools (see listing below for times and locations).

To motivate them to read, the children will be treated to the Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham—which turns 50 this year—along with a Dr. Seuss birthday poetry, Dr. Seuss Jeopardy, and more. In addition, Cal State L.A.’s administrators will don red-and-white striped stovepipe hats—just like the Cat’s—at the schools to present book readings.

Throughout the year, 35 Cal State L.A. students tutor more than 350 children at the five local schools through the University’s EPIC (for Educational Participation in Communities) America Reads and Counts program.

Begun in 1998 to promote reading and literacy while celebrating the March 2, 1904, birthday of Dr. Seuss (the pseudonym of author Theodore Seuss Geisel), the NEA’s Read Across America has become a national tradition.

Photo Opportunities (all are in the schools’ auditoriums):

Friday, Feb. 26

Ann Street Elementary (126 E. Bloom Street, Los Angeles)

9 – 10 a.m.  and 1 – 2 p.m.

Huntington Drive Elementary (4435 N. Huntington Drive, Los Angeles)

1 – 2:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, March 3

Kennedy Elementary School (4010 E. Ramboz Drive, Los Angeles)

9 – 10 a.m. and 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Friday, March 12

Anton Elementary School (831 N. Bonnie Beach Pl., Los Angeles)

9 – 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. – noon  

Date: TBA

99th Street School (9900 Wadsworth Street, Los Angeles)

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