Some General Federation of Women’s Club of North Carolina Statesville Woman’s Club members who helped work on this year’s Read Across America project (pictured from left) are Sandra Landry, treasurer; Linda Lavinder, past president; Kim Mulrey, member; Dana White, president; and Beth Webb, secretary.

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.

Statesville Woman’s Club members delivered Read Across America kits to the I-SS Virtual Academy. Pictured (from left) are Tammy Kennedy, club member, and Kelly Hinson, principal of the Virtual Academy.

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.

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