CSCC’S ECED Program Celebrates 13 Years of Dr. Seuss
CLEVELAND, Tenn. – CSCC will host the 13th annual Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss celebration on Saturday, March 4. The event will take place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Cleveland State’s Library and is sponsored by the Early Childhood Education program and the Library. The celebration is organized by students in the language and literacy development class.
“Since this is our thirteenth year and Cleveland State’s 50th anniversary we wanted to do some special things, stated Suzanne Wood, CSCC associate professor and coordinator of Early Childhood Education. “ We are asking children and their families to bring in newly packaged sock for children, and then we will donate them to a charitable organization. There will be barrels at the event to collect the donated socks.”
This year’s event will honor Seuss’s Fox in Socks book. This book is one of Seuss’s most famous read aloud tongue twisters. Something Seuss was known to include in many of his books.
As with previous events, special guests will include Dr. Seuss’s most well-known characters, the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two and the Grinch. Both children and adults are familiar with the uncontrollable and entertaining Cat from Dr. Seuss’s book, The Cat in the Hat. The Cat is accompanied by the twin mischief-makers, Thing One and Thing Two, and together they bounce from one catastrophic fun-making adventure to another. The Grinch, the title character from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, is a cynical cave-dweller who has a sudden change of heart when he realizes the real meaning of Christmas.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss is free to children of all ages; however, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Each child will receive a goody bag and may participate in literacy-related activities assisted by students in Cleveland State’s language and literacy development class.
According to Wood, the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland has generously given money to purchase books for the event, and members of the Kiwanis club will be there to give a free hard back Dr. Seuss book to every child that attends. A representative from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will also be on hand. The Imagination Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by giving free age-appropriate books to children from birth to age five around the country.
Literacy-related activities will be set up both inside and outside the library, and the young participants will be entertained with readings of Dr. Seuss’s stories, including some readings in Spanish and German.
Other activities will include face painting, hat making and music and movement. Refreshments and door prizes will also be a part of the celebration.
The Early Childhood Education Program at Cleveland State began in 1999 out of an initiative from the Tennessee Board of Regents requiring that all community colleges in the state have an early childhood program. Students may receive a Child Development Associate (CDA) designation by completing a four-course option and related credentialing procedures or may pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree by completing the two-year, 60-credit-hour program.
Cleveland State also has transfer agreements with many area colleges that allow students to transfer and complete their degree to teach pre-K through third grade.
Those interested in more information about the Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss event or the Early Childhood Education Program should contact Suzanne Wood, program coordinator, at 472-7141, Ext. 282.