Dr. Steiner Reads Dr. Seuss

 Dr. Stuart Steiner, President of Genesee Community College, read Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book, The Cat in the Hat, last Friday morning to children at the GCCA Child Care Center. The event was part of the national Read Across America campaign, a program sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) annually on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

NEA launched the program ten years ago to focus the country’s attention on how important it is to motivate children to read. Dr. Steiner’s reading of the beloved children’s tale marked the 50th birthday of The Cat in the Hat, which incorporates Seuss’s use of rhyme. The simple vocabulary and charming story makes the book an effective tool for teaching young children the vital skills they need to be successful, and encourages a love of learning.

“This is the first year we’ve participated in the Read Across America campaign,” said Maggie Hagen, Child Care Center Director. “We were happy to see that the campaign included preschool materials as well as those for school-age children. It is important to encourage children to read, even at this young age.”

The celebration at Genesee’s Child Care Center included a birthday cake for Dr. Seuss and green eggs and ham, which is the title of another one of Seuss’ classic beginner books that is written in very simple vocabulary for young readers. Hagen said that the children were a bit hesitant to eat the green eggs at first, but once they tried them and found they tasted normal, the children had fun eating the unusual eggs.

“We are always reading here,” Hagen said. “The children learn important skills that will help them as they get older, and we have fun reading together.”

Located at the Batavia campus, the GCCA Child Care Center offers complete childcare services for infants six weeks to preschool aged children. The Center is newly renovated with safe and developmental resources, and is open from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Friday following the academic calendar. The Center has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

For more information about the GCCA Child Care Center, contact Hagen at (585) 343-0055 x6833. 

Editor’s note: A photograph of Genesee Community College President Stuart Steiner reading A Cat in the Hat to the children in the Child Care Center as part of Read Across America campaign is available at the following Internet location: