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900 southeast Nebraska children to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at Peru State


( Peru, Neb.) The Peru Student Education Association (PSEA) is celebrating the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss by hosting area children on the Peru State College (PSC) campus today, Thursday, Feb. 28 and tomorrow, Friday, March 1 for four special theatrical presentations of Yertle the Turtle, Green Eggs and Ham, and Horton Hears a Who.

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 900 Head Start and pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade students from 11 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.

Co-chairpersons for the 2013 Dr. Suess event are, Lisa Vanderhoof, a senior secondary education major from Villisca, Iowa; Tiffany Streator, a senior elementary education and special education major from Independence, Mo.; and Kori Duntz, an senior elementary education major from Weeping Water, Neb.

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 Associate Professor of Education Dr. Judith Ruskamp at 402-872-2301 or

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