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The 21 students of Mrs. Cardona’s first-grade class at Chester Elementary School all seems to be quite happy about the book they just heard and the new book they all just received. One Rotary member noted that, “There is no greater sight that a smile on a child’s face.” Photo by Gregg Scott

Let’s Read America

By Gregg Scott

Staff Writer

National ‘Read Across America” day is on March 2 of each year. That just happens to the birth month and day of a gentleman by the name of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to most as the famous children’s book author Dr. Seuss. He wrote and illustrated more than 60 books which sold more than 600 million copies.  He is probably most closely associated with one of his first (1957) books “Cat in the Hat” which has been a theme for the Rotary Club of Chester members that have a long-time tradition of wearing that famous hat as they read to first-grade students in memory of Dr. Seuss and to promote reading skills to young students.

This year, members of Chester Rotary visited the first-grade classes at Chester Elementary, Plumas Charter School and Lake Almanor Christian School to read a Dr. Seuss book to the class and then present a different book to all the students.  Members of Rotary believe that reading skills are vital to make a young person’s future better and Dr. Seuss once said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” so they read.

Rotary Club of Chester Past President Terry Johnson shares a Dr. Seuss book with Mrs. Cardona’s first-grade class at Chester Elementary school. All the students recognized the famous hat and shouted “Cat in the Hat! Cat in the Hat!” Rotary has a long tradition of reading to the students as part of National Read Across America” day. Photo by Gregg Scott

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