Dr. Seuss' birthday celebrated at Maryville College

Feb. 22, 2011
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

Such was the philosophy of Theodor Seuss Geisel, renowned children’s book author. To celebrate the power of reading and to commemorate what would have been Geisel’s 107th birthday, area children are invited to Maryville College on Wed., March 2 to participate in activities such as coloring, reading Seuss stories, singing songs and making crafts. Birthday cake will be served.

The celebration is scheduled for 5-6 p.m. in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry (CCM). Admission is free.

The event is organized by Maryville College’s Student Literacy Corps, whose goal is to promote literacy in Blount County.

Geisel, born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Mass., wrote more than 60 children’s books during his career, including bestsellers Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

This beloved writer has many posthumous honors, including the 2002 opening of the Dr. Seuss National Sculpture Garden located in his hometown of Springfield. On May 28, 2008, the Governor of California inducted Seuss into the state’s Hall of Fame. Thousands of Seuss fans celebrate his birthday each year.

The National Education Association’s “Read Across America Day” is also celebrated on the anniversary of Geisel’s birth.

For more information on the March 2 event, contact Diana Lovelace, coordinator for service, mission and vocation at the Center for Campus Ministry, at 865.981.8297 or diana.lovelace@maryvillecollege.edu.

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.