From Nashville to Warren: Cat-a-Van Tour 2
The Cat in the Hat is heading to schools in Louisville, Indianapolis, and East Cleveland
NEA’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour got off to a Seussational start, Monday, February 25, making stops at Warner Enhanced Option Elementary and Ross Elementary Schools in Nashville. Students took the Read Across America oath to read, met the Cat in the Hat, read books with guest readers, including NEA Executive Committee member Earl Wiman and Metro Nashville Education Association President Stephen Henry. With tooth timers and tooth brushes in hand, students also learned about the importance of good oral health and literacy habits, thanks to Read Across America sponsor Renaissance Dental's 2 x 2 + 20 campaign that encourages students and their parents to brush for two minutes, two times per day, and read for 20 minutes each day. The schools also each received checks for $1,000 from Renaissance Dental to help stock the schools' libraries with books and other tools for reading inspiration.
Nashville Loves the Cat in the Hat
The Cat Comes To Kentucky
Day 2 of the Cat-a-Van tour brought the Cat in the Hat and company to Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and Belmont Elementary School in Hopkinsvills, Kentucky. Delivering high fives and hugs, the Cat in the Hat (with help from Thing 1 and 2 and representatives from NEA and Renaissance Dental) got students stoked to read every day and take care of their teeth. The schools each reach received $1,000 for their libraries, courtesy of Renaissance Dental, and kids received goody bags, complete with their own copy of The Cat in the Hat.
Rolling On To Indianapolis
Students at Jonathan Jennings and Eliza Baker Elementary Schools were next to be visited by the Cat-a-Van Tour. Clad in signature stovepipe hats, hundreds of students took the Read Across America Oath: "I promise to read each day and each night. And I promise to brush to keep my teeth white!" Jonathan Jennings Principal Kevin McMahn, Eliza Baker Elementary School Principal Stephanie West, Indiana State Teachers Association Vice President Teresa Meredith, local President Ann Wilkins, NEA Executive Committee Member Earl Wiman and representatives from NEA's sponsor joined students for a rousing reading of Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham. Students left the events smiling, with bags full of books, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Reading in East Cleveland
Students and staff at Caledonia Elementary School in Cleveland Heights kicked their reading celebration into high gear with a breakfast of green eggs and ham and an impromptu performance of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. NEA Executive Committee member Christy Levings and Ohio Education Association President Pat Frost Brooks joined the Cat-a-Van tour for its visit to Caledonia and later Mayfair Elementary School in East Cleveland.