News Release - Feb. 27, 2008

February 27, 2008

Note to reporters: To make photo arrangements, please contact Victoria Mosqueda in advance: by cellphone at (323) 640-6884 or office phone at (323) 343-3380.


College students take the lead…
helping children learn to read

“Dr. Seuss’s birthday?”
Says Cal State L.A.,
“Let’s go celebrate!
Both early and late!
Take university cool
To elementary school.”

Los Angeles, CA – To honor the 104th birthday of Dr. Seuss, students from Cal State L.A. will on two successive Fridays, Feb. 29 and Mar. 7, don red-and-white stovepipe hats and visit four elementary schools to show schoolchildren how fun books can be. 

The school events—planned and coordinated by Cal State L.A. students—will be held at Ann Street, Kennedy Elementary, Hammel Elementary and 99th Street Schools.

Cal State L.A. students are encouraging all members of the community to participate in the Read Across America Challenge. Their hope is that every kindergartner through fifth-grader will read with an adult for at least 30 minutes during this week.

Joining the students as guest readers will be Cal State L.A. Sociology Professor William Wasson (at Ann Street) and University Vice President for Student Affairs Tony Ross (at Kennedy).

Throughout the year, Cal State L.A. students tutor more than 250 children at the four schools in the Los Angeles area through the University’s EPIC (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 National Education Association’s Read Across America has become a national tradition.

Photo Opportunities:

Fri., Feb. 29

Kennedy Elementary School (8:30-10 a.m.)
4010 E. Ramboz Drive, Los Angeles
Scheduled program:
Introductions and Story (Guest Reader:  Dr. Anthony Ross, Vice President of Student Affairs, Cal State L.A.)
            Math with the Cat in the Hat
            Wocket in my Pocket Book Marks
            Take Time to Rhyme with Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss
            RIF (Reading is Fundamental) Book Distribution

Ann Street Elementary (12:30-2:20 p.m.)
126 Bloom Street, Los Angeles
Scheduled program:
Introductions and Story (Guest Reader:  Dr. William Wasson, Department of Sociology, Cal State L.A.)
            Run Thing One, Run Thing Two
            Cindy and the Oobleck
            Quote Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss
            Bean Bag Toss
            RIF Book Distribution

Fri., Mar. 7

Hammel Elementary School (8-11:30 a.m.)
438 N. Brannick Avenue, Los Angeles
Scheduled program:
Introductions and Story
            ABC Mix Up
            Hot Potato Read Around
            Sandra and the Oobleck
            Math Puzzleath Puzzle
            RIF Book Distribution

99th Street School (12:45-2 p.m.)
9900 S. Wadsworth Street, Los Angeles
Scheduled program:
Introductions and Story
            Yertle the Turtle Word Families
            Seuss I Spy
            RIF Book Distribution


Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 200,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.


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