February 21, 2003
The National Education Association (NEA) began a “Read Across America Day” on March 2, 1998, to encourage reading in schools across the country. The program involves a one-day celebration of reading, on or near the late Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
In conjunction with the NEA’s “Read Across America Day,” the Maryville College Student Literacy Corps annually celebrates Seuss’ birthday by giving children of MC faculty and staff a fun time to enjoy reading and other educational activities.
WHO: Children, ages 3 through 3rd grade, of Maryville College faculty and staff
WHAT: Celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, in coordination with the NEA’s “Read Across America Day,” sponsored by the MC Literacy Corps and the Student Tennessee Education Association
WHEN: Mon., March 3; 5-7 p.m.
WHERE: Bartlett Hall, room 102 on the MC campus
WHY: “This event is a great opportunity for the Literacy Corps to interact with a different group of readers than we normally do. In addition, we hope that the young children seeing their parent’s students excited about reading will increase their excitement and interest,” said Literacy Corps Coordinator and MC student Lois Gray.
PHOTO/VIDEO OP: Appearance from the Cat in the Hat; children enjoying a birthday party and cake
MORE INFO: www.nea.org/readacross/
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.