Cat-a-Van Tour 4
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February 27, 2009, 1:00 P.M.
The Cat in the Hat sails into Christopher Columbus Elementary
Students at Christopher Columbus Elementary School in Chester, Pa., got revved up for reading after a surprise visit by the Cat in the Hat during a read-in sponsored by NEA’s Read Across America.
After each student took a reader’s oath and was given his own copy of a Seuss classic, the school’s library also received a generous book donation and cash grant, provided by NEA and PSEA, to help keep books on the menu.
But the reading fun didn’t end there as students had one more treat in store for them. NEA Secretary Becky Pringle and Pennsylvania State Education Association James Testerman jumped into the Cat’s whimsical ride and read Green Eggs and Ham to students as they passed by.
February 27, 2009, 9:30 A.M.
The Cat-a-Van tour rolls on into ‘The Keystone State’
NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle and Pennsylvania State Education Association James Testerman were on hand to rev up young readers at Linwood Elementary School in Linwood, Pa.
To prepare for the Seuss-tastic day, kindergarteners made red bow-ties in the style of the famous feline. But no outfit can be complete without the famous red and white stovepipe hat, which NEA brought to the reading party. After a yummy rendition of Green Eggs and Ham by Pringle, students were visited by Thing 1 and Thing 2, who stirred up some extra reading excitement. PSEA joined NEA to provide a cash grant totaling $1,500 to the school’s library while students received copies of their very own Seuss favorites.
The Cat-a-Van stop concluded with a visit to the Cat’s own whimsical, wacky and wild reading-styled “living room on wheels.”
February 26, 2009, 1:00 P.M.
Cat in the Hat receives rock star welcome in Baltimore County
Hundreds of students at Church Lane Elementary School in Randallstown, Md., rallied for the Cat in the Hat as the star of the show arrived in his Cat-a-Van on Thursday, February 26.
The elementary students held up their handmade picket signs welcoming Seuss’s famous feline to their school while chanting, “We love to READ!” and “Cat in the Hat!” After jumping out of his “living room on wheels,” the Cat in the Hat worked the crowd like a seasoned celebrity, giving high fives and autographs to some lucky kindergarteners and first graders.
Later in the afternoon, the Cat was on hand when NEA presented the school with a $1,000 cash grant to help stock its library with reading materials so that everyone can be in the company of a good book not just on Read Across America Day but year-round, too.
February 26, 2009, 9:00 A.M.
Reading pays off for Baltimore area students
Students at Mars Estates Elementary School in Essex, Md., got a little extra reading inspiration on Thursday, February 26, when NEA presented the school with a cash grant of $1,000 to the school’s library. But students themselves didn’t walk away empty handed!
Through a generous donation from NEA’s Books Across America, which provides books and financial backing to public school libraries in need, students received their very own copy of the Seuss classic The Cat in the Hat so they can keep reading on the calendar 365+ days a year.
During the read-in, students also took a reader’s oath, delivered by County Executive Jim Smith, promising to read each day and each night.
February 25, 2009, 4:00 P.M.
Books-a-Million celebrates NEA’s Read Across America
Story time in the Books-a-Million store at Anne Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover, Md., got a little Seussical on Wednesday, February 25, when NEA’s Cat-a-Van tour hit the bookstore.
Readers—-young and old alike—-got caught up reading Dr. Seuss’s whimsical rhymes and were even paid a visit by a very furry friend, none other than the Cat in the Hat. For the first time in recent history, the Cat-a-Van tours will include read-ins at children’s bookstores along the route to help provide some extra reading inspiration.
Books-a-Million also got a sneak peek at NEA’s new celebrity-studded “Reading Club,” a public outreach campaign featuring some of today’s hottest young stars all coming together to encourage students to read, read, read!
February 25, 2009, 8:30 A.M.
The Cat gets his close-up
NEA’s Cat-a-Van hit the road in whimsical Seuss style on Wednesday, February 25, with its first reading stop at WMAR-TV, home of “Good Morning Maryland,” to show kids and parents alike the cool side of reading.
Kindergarten teacher and NEA member Abby Beytin was interviewed by anchor Megan Pringle in the Cat’s “living room on wheels” while the famous feline kept them company in the background. Ms. Beytin reminded viewers that you’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read with a child.
The Cat-a-Van made several stops in the Baltimore area as part of its multi-state reading tour to celebrate NEA’s Read Across America, including read-ins at local schools and bookstores. Check out the Cat clip!