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BELL Scholars & Volunteers Experience Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day

BOSTON, MA - March 5, 2013 - BELL scholars, teachers, tutors, and volunteers participated in the annual Read Across America celebration on Monday, March 4. They read The Lorax, The Sneetches, The Cat in the Hat, And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, and Horton Hears a Hoo by Dr. Seuss.

Scholars created Truffala Trees out of Play-Doh, pipe cleaners, and pom-poms. They crafted Cat-in-the-Hat hats and star belts with construction paper and markers. They made Lorax masks out of orange paper plates, cutting out eyelashes and mustaches from yellow paper and affixing them with glue. They drew their favorite scenes and characters from the books.

Volunteers helped drive home the themes of the Dr. Seuss classics. After reading The Sneetches, volunteers and scholars discussed the theme of the book: no matter what we look like on the outside, we should be treated the same. After reading The Lorax, they discussed environmental conservation. Some scholars even planted their own "Truffala seed" -if they "treat it with care, give it clean water, and feed it fresh air," they'll grow their own forests in their classrooms!

Volunteers from State Street Corporation, Boston Public Schools, BELL's Talent Show Event Committee, BELL's Board of Directors, and BELL's Young Professionals Network joined BELL scholars and staff for the event. The National Education Association's Read Across America event is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

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