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HCC's Julia Horsley, in the Dr. Seuss hat, posed with Garysburg Elementary School students.
HCC's Men of Distinction members Cornelius Dickens, left, and Eugene Brown read to students at Squire Elementary School.

Halifax Community College staff participated in Read Across America Day, Mar. 3 at local schools. The National Education Association (NEA) sponsors the program in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday each year.

Julia Horsley, coordinator of testing and job placement at HCC, volunteered at Garysburg Elementary School. Horsley read two books to first-grade students including “The Foot Book” and “Cat in the Hat.”

HCC's Men of Distinction male mentoring group also volunteered at Squire Elementary School, Mar. 4. HCC student Cornelius Dickens and counselor Eugene Brown, along with HCC graduate and bookstore clerk Howard Bethany, read to students. The group read Dr. Seuss' “Cat in the Hat,” “Hop on Pop,” and “One fish two fish red fish blue fish” to second graders.

NEA officials estimate that at least half a million educators and millions of children were part of the first Read Across America Day held March 2, 1998. Students were joined by celebrities, athletes, governors, mayors, firefighters, politicians, judges, and many others in the celebration.