Special to Iredell Free News
For the 12th year the General Federation of Women’s Club of North Carolina Statesville Woman’s Club worked on a Read Across America project in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
For a decade the club held a Read Across America celebration, partnering with Cloverleaf Elementary School under the co-leadership of club members Kim Mulrey and Barb Thorson. The event included local community leaders, volunteers and club members as readers. The 10th-year celebration culminated with an assembly featuring Sir Purr, mascot of the Carolina Panthers football team.
Due to Covid-19, the last two years club members prepared literacy kits for Iredell-Statesville Schools students.
This year members put together literacy kits for 27 students in kindergarten through second grade in Iredell-Statesville Schools Virtual Academy. Each kit contained a hardback copy of Dr. Seuss’ “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” along with school supplies, a bookmarker and numerous educational activity sheets. I-SS Superintendent Dr. Jeff James read the book to the students via Facebook Live.
In spite of Covid-19 restrictions, a few club members were able to read to local school children in person.