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News Release
 
02/25/14

Southeast Nebraska children invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 6-7 at Peru State
Featuring four special theatrical presentations of “Green Eggs and Ham,” “If I Ran A Zoo” and “King Looie Katz”

 

 

(Peru, Neb.) The Peru Student Education Association (PSEA) will celebrate the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss by hosting area children on the Peru State College campus Thursday, March 6 and Friday, March 7 for four special theatrical presentations of Green Eggs and Ham, If I Ran A Zoo and King Looie Katz. Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose will be read to students during an intermission.

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. 

Several hundred Head Start and pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade students from eight area schools are expected to attend the annual event, which is held in conjunction with Read Across America Week. In addition to the theatrical production, students will be asked to take a “Readers’ Oath.” PSEA members will donate books to each of the schools in attendance.

Co-chairpersons for the 2014 Dr. Suess event are, Sydne Endorf, a junior math education major from Daykin; Pamela Riffle, a sophomore early childhood education unified and psychology major from Bellevue; and Amanda Volksen, a junior early childhood and elementary education major from Fort Calhoun.

Dr. Judith Ruskamp, associate professor of education and PSEA advisor said, “Our teacher candidates enjoy hosting this event each spring because it is an opportunity for them to promote the importance of reading. They also gain valuable, authentic experience working with students as they continue to develop their knowledge and skills related to teaching in the classroom. The Peru Student Education Association appreciates that schools in our surrounding communities continue to make the annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Parties a regular event on their school calendars.”

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 jruskamp@peru.edu.

For more information about the National Education Association’s Read Across America program, visit www.nea.org/readacross/.