The Cat in the Hat visits Literacy Mid-South
By Marilyn Rabinowitz
Thirty-five 4 and 5 year olds from Red Robin Pre-School celebrated Read Across America Day in style at Literacy Mid-South (LMS). Greeted by the Cat in the Hat and Yertle the Turtle, the children spent the morning playing games, working on puzzles, and making those famous hats.
Volunteers from First Book Mid-South and the University of Memphis chapter of Pi Phi Sorority read to children from a variety of Dr. Seuss books. Donations from WKNO, Davis-Kidd Booksellers, and First Book also enabled LMS to give each student a bookmark, a workbook, and their very own hardback copy of The Cat in the Hat to keep. Next year LMS hopes to include an after-school celebration for children and parents who live in the neighborhood.
Read Across America is sponsored by the National Education Association. It is a “year round reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.” Literacy Mid-South supports this mission through a variety of programs.
The Family Literacy Program trains parents to read to their pre-school children. The Academy Tutoring Project recruits volunteers to help children in five charter schools learn to love to read. Adults can attend classes and work with volunteer tutors through the Adult Literacy Program. LMS also sponsors a coalition of literacy non-profit agencies, organizations, and individuals who want to promote reading in the Mid-South. The group meets the third Thursday of every month at the Assisi Foundation.
If you would like to support the efforts of Literacy Mid-South, stop by our offices at 902 South Cooper Street or check out our website at literacymidsouth.org. Maybe you can be the Cat in the Hat next year.