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Area children invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday Feb. 23-24 at Peru State

Four special theatrical presentations of "The Cat in the Hat"


( Peru, Neb.) The Peru Student Education Association (PSEA) will celebrate the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss by hosting area children on the Peru State College (PSC) campus next Thursday, Feb. 23 and Friday, Feb. 24 for four special theatrical presentations of The Cat in the Hat.


Performances, which are free and open to the public, begin at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day in the College Theatre. 


More than 1,200 Head Start and pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade students from 15 area schools are expected to attend the annual event, which is held in conjunction with Read Across America Week. PSEA members will also donate books to each of the classrooms in attendance.


Dr. Seuss Chairperson Jennifer Trapp, a junior art education major from Omaha, said, “The Dr. Seuss birthday celebrations present an incredible opportunity for PSC students to gain experience working with children, participate in community outreach, and have lots of fun while donating their time and services. It is a couple of days filled with great times and wonderful memories!”


In addition to the theatrical production, students will be asked to take a “Readers’ Oath” and participate in 10 interactive stations designed to engage students in Dr. Seuss-themed, hands-on activities that promote a love of reading.


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 Trapp at For more information about the National Education Association’s Read Across America program, visit