MC Literacy Corps celebrates Seuss' birthday with party, children and Cat in the Hat

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


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 offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.