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PSC Students to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with Presentations of the Children’s Classic “Cat in the Hat” Feb. 28-29


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) students will celebrate the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss with three special theatrical presentations of the Cat in the Hat and other children’s favorites Thursday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 29 at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the College Theatre (located at the south end of Hoyt Science Hall).


More than 1,200 Head Start and Kindergarten through fourth grade students from a dozen area schools are expected to attend the annual event, which is held in conjunction with Read Across America Week. The Peru Student Education Association (PSEA), which is sponsoring the event, will donate 10 books to each of the classrooms in attendance.


The performances are free and open to the public. Parents are encouraged to bring their children, especially those under age 10.


PSC President Dr. Ben Johnson said, “Reading is the cornerstone of every child’s education. The Cat in the Hat presentations at Peru State College are designed to get children excited about the journeys they can take just by sitting down with a good book.”


Dr. Seuss chairperson Melissa Crom, a junior elementary education major from Sidney, Iowa, said, “Our shows have it all – costumes, music, dancing and lots of interaction with the children. We want to give these kids very positive associations with reading through an experience they’ll never forget. It’s also a great way for our education majors to put into practice what we have learned through our coursework.”


In addition to the theatrical production, students will also be asked to take a “Readers’ Oath,” which will be administered by PSC Assessment Coordinator Ted Harshbarger.


Dr. Seuss was born Theodore Geisel in 1904. His first book titled And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, published in 1936, was an instant success. His desire to excite children to read led him to write The Cat in the Hat in 1954 followed by 42 other books. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and was also awarded three Academy Awards.


For more information on the event, contact Melissa Crom at For more information about the National Education Association’s Read Across America program, visit