Friday, March 02, 2007

Fifty Nifty

Today is the NEA's (National Education Association) Read Across America Day. It's the 10th anniversary of this, and also happens to be the 50th birthday of Dr. Seuss' the Cat in the Hat.

To celebrate this, the NEA is sponsoring Project 236. Did you know that Dr. Seuss used only 236 different words to write The Cat in the Hat? To recognize the 50th birthday of The Cat in the Hat, students, educators, and families nationwide will all read the groundbreaking book at 2:36 p.m. ET.
(Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, where Momma B works, is one of the many schools participating in this cool event!)

"In the mid 1950s, many Americans were asking themselves: Why can’t Johnny read? In a Life magazine article, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Hersey maintained that American children couldn’t read because their classroom primers were boring and “antiseptic” and could not compete with cartoons, comics, and other more fun and interesting stimuli, so he challenged Theodor Geisel, a.k.a Dr. Seuss, to write a story “first graders wouldn’t be able to put down.” And that’s just what Dr. Seuss did, using a vocabulary of only 236 words. In 1957, Random House published The Cat in the Hat and those 236 words revolutionized the way children learn to read."

3/2/2007 a Cat in the Hat Birthday Party
Ravenwood High School Media Center1724 Wilson Pike Brentwood, TN 37027
Cake, read-aloud, activities, prizes, Cat in the Hat movie screening, contest to raise money for literacy. Event is not open to the public

To raise money for this event at Ravenwood, I believe Mom said the kids were putting in money in jars with different teachers' names on them, and the teacher with the most money in his or her jar has to dress up like the Cat in the Hat!


MamaB said...

The "Cat in the Hat" day was a success. Our criminal justice class worked on the "Why the Grinch Stole Christmas" book and our foreign language classes read Seuss books in their language and two of our principals dressed up like the "cat". It was a fun day in the library with cake and movies and readings.

Anonymous said...

how very awesome! i wish i could have been there. bart and i drove by ravenwood this weekend and i thought of mama b. i wish i could have visited yesterday during the game, it looks like it wouldn't have mattered if we watched it together or not. take care all!