24 February 2000

District To Celebrate Dr. Secuss's Birthday

Students in Manhattan will join millions of children across the country in celebrating Dr. Seussís birthday on March 2nd. This
nationwide birthday party is part of NEAís Read Across America, a national day of reading sponsored by the National
Education Association.

"This year, we are encouraging everyone, everywhere to become involved," said NEAís President Bob Chase. "Our goal for
the day is to place every child in the company of a book."

Here in Manhattan, Read Across America will begin with Green Eggs and Ham, yes really. USD #383 Food Service will be
serving green eggs and ham for breakfast. Bluemont Elementary School is inviting parents to bring their favorite book from
childhood to school and read it to their childís class. Kansas NEA Student Program members at Kansas State University will
be reading to classes in the Manhattan/Ogden school district.

On Dr. Seussís birthday, we want to send children a crystal clear message that reading is important. Research shows that the
more children read, the better they read, and the more children read outside of school, they do better in school.