By Kelly Hagen, NDU Communications

In honor of the birthday of venerable children’s book author Dr. Seuss, the members of the National Education Association, North Dakota United and our local education associations across the state, put on our thinking caps each year at this time. (Those caps are, most often, red and white striped, and really quite tall.) How do we do it? How do we teach our students about the magic of reading?

As it happens, the answer is right there, staring us in the face, in the pages of Dr’s Seuss favorite, The Cat in the Hat:

you find magic wherever you look. sit back and relax. all you need is a book.

So, book in hand, ND United President Nick Archuleta and the Cat in the Hat (NDU organizer Caitlin McDonald) traveled to Theodore Jamerson Elementary School on the campus of United Tribes Technical College, just south of Bismarck, to share the magic of reading with some really great, enthusiastic kids.

“Today The Cat In the Hat and I visited the third-grade class classroom of Tamara Bitz at the amazing Theodore Jamerson Elementary School,” Archuleta said. “As you know, Dr. Seuss has been inspiring children to become lifelong readers since 1937 when his first book, To Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was published.”

We brought along some special treats for the students, too. We gave every student a book, special Cat in the Hat pencils, pens, notebooks, stickers, bookmarks and, of course, an official Cat in the Hat hat.

You can check out some photos of the event at our Flickr site by clicking HERE.

President Archuleta, the NDU staff, Mrs. Bitz and her students all had a great time, and our association thanks Theodore Jamerson for their friendly hospitality and their excitement for knowledge.

“Our purpose today was to help these terrific kids understand the importance of reading and to encourage them to be lifelong readers,” Archuleta said. “Reading is at the foundation of all learning and the earlier students learn to love reading, the sooner they will be ready learn at all levels.”