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March 2, 2009

Cat in the Hat purr-fectly at home in the Wild West

NEA Executive Committee members Princess Moss, left, and Paula Monroe, right, read to 300 public school students at the Children's Museum of Phoenix on Monday, March 2, as part of NEA's Read Across America.
CREDIT: © 2009 Don B. Stevenson, Stevenson Photography/NEA. Courtesy of the National Education Association. All Rights Reserved.

The Cat in the Hat went to the Wild West today to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 105th birthday and give the gift of reading to more than 300 public school students from the Phoenix area.

Joining the 7-foot tall Cat in the Hat at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix were NEA Executive Committee Members Paula Monroe and Princess Moss, as well as Arizona Education Association President John Wright.

Students from Silvestre S. Herrera Elementary School, Paul Lawrence Dunbar Elementary and Capitol Elementary School went wild for NFL star Tim Castille of the Arizona Cardinals and the team’s mascot, Big Red. Castille read from Dr. Seuss’ beloved The Cat in the Hat.

Other local celebrities included Kim Covington, weekend evening anchor for KNXV-TV and Kirsten Joyce, reporter and weekend anchor for KTVK-TV.

And let us not forget Seuss’s own favorite characters, Thing 1 and Thing 2, who were at their mischievous best, tugging at stove piped hats, running about, and trying to steel the show.