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DENMARK -- Denmark-Olar Elementary school recently had a few special visitors in celebration of Read Across America week. Dr. Suess’s the Cat in the Hat (Shannon Williams) made an appearance with a group of friends to read to the children.

Simone Hinds, reading coach and Shannon Williams, director of the Academic Support Center at Denmark Technical College planned the event. In addition, Hinds planned a week of activity at the school to celebrate Dr. Suess’s birthday and Read Across America.

The readers were composed of DTC employees and students, current and retired educators and a pastor. They picked out their favorite book from an assortment of Dr. Suess books and other short stories to read to their appointed classes and for approximately 30 minutes.

Retired school teacher Peggy Tyler said “the children were so well behaved and inquisitive about the story, I think I enjoyed reading to the children as much as they enjoyed the book.” Tyler picked "Zack’s Alligator Goes to School."

For a final treat, Blossom Thompson, DTC’s culinary arts instructor, handed out homemade “smart” cookies for all of the students to enjoy. Dr. Lorraine Peeples, Denmark-Olar principal, noted that these were special cookies for “smart students” whose “brains are growing” and encouraged students to keep on reading.

This is the second year that DTC has been involved and Williams stressed the importance of reading. “Read Across America is a significant time not only to emphasize reading in schools, but also as a family. Take time to read with your children instead of sitting in front of the television, it will be time well spent.”

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